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Today’s actions become tomorrow’s stories. And those stories define our culture, relationships, experiences, and outcomes. As a leader, how do you need to think and act to shape the future stories your people need? Join me and Candace Giesbrecht to find out.
Scottish sportscaster Andrew Cotter shows us how to turn the most mundane activity into a captivating tale in his viral videos about his dogs Olive and Mabel. Find out how he does it here.
“There will be a new social profit sector at the end of this pandemic.” And if you want to make sure your organization is able to continue serving your mission as a non-profit or charity, then you need to listen to Doug Nelson.
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Rain Bennett and I explore ways to use stories to inspire action and help people like frontline health workers deal with the stress and trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Things are changing so fast that leaders and managers need to adapt their operations almost daily. One of the most powerful tools I use to help clients lead through change like this is a simple story circle. This is how it works.
The only thing that seems certain these days is uncertainty. Not knowing what the future will look like makes planning seem impossible. One of my favourite tools is also one of the oldest, with roots in the military - scenario planning.
Organizations rarely design jobs and work activities explicitly to be engaging. They just assume that engagement will magically happen; if people show up for work, they must be engaged. Not true – as employees currently sitting through hours of mind-numbing video meetings know. If we want engagement, we need to design for it.
Today’s crises demand new ways of thinking and doing. But true innovation is tough – especially if you’ve never done it before. That’s why many leaders lean on story as a familiar tool to inspire and inform breakthrough solutions. And that’s what we talk about in Episode 11.
Sustainability can be a tough sell, especially in established organizations resistant to change. That's why former journalist and sustainability expert Eric Unmacht uses story design as a foundation of his sustainability strategy work.
Scientists need to be able to tell the story of their work if they want to get grants, engage collaborators, shift policy or generate new knowledge. Unfortunately, that’s not something they learn to do in school. Dr. Phil De Luna understands this need and has embedded storytelling across his work to help him generate consensus and maximize his impact.
Great leaders are masters of empathy. They know how to design compelling stories that blend the right facts with the right emotional experience to inspire action. And, they can do that across diverse audiences. But how do you know what story to tell to whom? That’s what I explore with Vancouver Aquarium President and CEO Lasse Gustavsson in this episode.
As an introvert myself, I confess that I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit pretending to be on my phone to avoid making small talk at events. But in recent years, I’ve found a better way to connect with strangers and start long-lasting relationships.
People don’t want you to rescue them. They want you to help them become the hero of their own story. That means that you need to make a fundamental shift in the way you develop and sell your product, service, strategy or thing.
How do you stand-out in a consulting market crowded with global experts and world-class solutions? With a story. But not just any story. One that demonstrates that you understand your clients' challenges, and have a vision of a shared journey to create success. Find out how Deloitte does just that, in this episode.
In this episode, we bring the story process full circle, as Tracy shares what she’s learned about the toughest challenge of all - writing a killer pitch story. Tune in to learn about the unique process she’s developed for creating winning pitches that’s based on her 30 years of pitching news, Hollywood, ad agencies, governments and business.
The last few years have felt like I was trapped in Pokémon hell. Running around chasing SMART goals – tracking my weight, sleep, steps, food, spending and dog poops – and juggling productivity apps like a circus freak. It’s been exhausting. And it’s not working – for me, anyway. So I’m trying something new – a story-based approach to improving my life that includes a problem, quest and resolution.
“I think it's safe to say that everyone cares about something. So, if they can ignite the storyteller inside of themselves and use that story to create change where they want to see it – and about something that they love – then I see that being the next movement. That is how change will happen.”