Monthly Archives: January 2013

How to Find Good Leadership Stories

There are many ways to find good leadership stories. One way is to pick a challenge or lesson you want to teach through story. Then, match the story to the objective. In today’s Internet and LinkedIn world, there are many ways to search for good leadership stories and common leadership challenges. Make a list of […]
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5 Keys to Telling Leadership Stories that Sizzle

The most effective way to influence people is through telling good leadership stories that create emotional connection. Most executives and managers know this, but few find it easy to create a story that works. Use plain, simple and direct language when telling a leadership story so its moral point can shine through. You don’t want […]
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Leadership Stories that Come Alive

In most leadership stories, there are five key elements that make a story effective, according to authors Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman in The Elements of Persuasion: Use Storytelling to Pitch Better, Sell Faster & Win More Business (HarperBusiness, 2007): Passion (the enthusiasm and energy with which you tell the story). A relatable hero who […]
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How to Craft a Good Leadership Story

The most effective way to influence people is through telling a good leadership story that creates emotional buy-in. Most executives and managers know this, but few find it easy to craft a business story that works. Daphne A. Jameson, a professor of management communication at Cornell University, has researched how language is used in business […]
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Leadership: Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins?

Do you know people who can masterfully tell the right story at the right time? Quite often, the best storytellers become our managers and leaders. Stories are the single most powerful tool in a leader’s toolkit. ~ Howard Gardner, Harvard psychologist Even if you have no designs on becoming a CEO or leading a division, […]
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Disruptive Innovation: In 5 Years, Will Your Business
Be Alive and Thrive?

When does an innovation become disruptive? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what business is going to be like in five, ten years. Think about it, who could have imagined even five years ago how we’d be using social media sites and mobile devices in our day-to-day work? We’re all still trying to figure […]
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Creative Leadership: Focus on the Future

One of the key abilities for leaders in any organization is that of using creative thinking to focus on the future. Leaders who get it right will flourish. Get it wrong, and not only will your career tank, but your company along with it. If you want a sneak peak at what’s in store electronically, […]
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Creative Thinking in Business

Creative thinking in business starts with having empathy for your customers. You cannot be truly inspired if you’re sitting comfortably behind your desk—unless, of course, you’re venturing into online forums and social sites where customers express their complaints. Looking at spreadsheets filled with focus-group data won’t inspire breakthrough ideas. In the real and virtual worlds, […]
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Creative Leadership: The Fear of the Messy Unknown

Since it’s the beginning of a new year, I’m thinking about creativity: what and how do businesses and leaders need to change? In last week’s post about creativity and leadership, I asked if readers thought they or their leaders were too analytical. (Creative Thinking and Leadership: Are You Too Analytical?) And a few readers commented: […]
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