Category Archives: Stories

The Violence of Stories

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words are, allegedly, harmless. Or maybe not. There can be a violence in communication, not an act of physical aggression, but aggression nonetheless. The violence of vitriol, carefully constructed to cause pain. I … Continue reading

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The Mechanisms of Storytelling Certification

A short #WorkingOutLoud post, following yesterday’s introduction of the draft content for the Social Leadership Storytelling Certification that i’m developing throughout June. The image below is intended to illustrate the design approach: introducing key ideas, to provide a framework of … Continue reading

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What Would Help You To Tell A Story?

I’m writing the research report from the Communities of Practice research project today: this is exploring how people engage in CoPs, and the barriers that may prevent them from doing so. The output will be a series of guidelines and … Continue reading

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Stories of Difference

Formal systems are good at hearing known stories, accepted wisdom, whilst what they may need to hear are hidden stories. Stories of dissent, stories of challenge, stories that provide overlays of contextual meaning, stories of unfairness or confusion. Unfinished stories. … Continue reading

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The Power of Stories

Yesterday i wrote about ‘story listening’. Today, i want to reflect on just what stories are: who owns them, how do they flow, how dangerous are they, and how important they are within the context of the Social Age. Stories … Continue reading

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Story Listening

Part of #WorkingOutLoud is to continually revisit your work, iterating new ideas as you prototype and trial things out in practice. With that in mind, i’ve been sharing some new language around ‘Story Listening’, to sit as part of developing … Continue reading

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The Hidden Story

Organisations tell stories: some of them carefully crafted, beautifully illustrated and well intentioned. Others, blunt, careless and unfortunate. But all within the public sphere. These are the visible stories, with our sight and earshot, to some extent, under our control. … Continue reading

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