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Successful Project
Leadership through
Storytelling
Stephen Carver FAPM
“People don’t like to plan - Planning is
unnatural - It is much more fun just to do.
And the nice thing about just doing i...
Major Threats to Project Success
Key to graph
A Bad communication
between stakeholders
B Lack of planning
C Milestones not...
If you want your children to be
intelligent, read them stories.
Jean-Paul Sartre
Philosopher, playwright,
novelist, screenwriter,
political activist,
biographer, and critical
thinker
Man...
Newspapers
Books
Magazines
Plays
TV
Adverts
Video Games
Films
Business
“Stories are vital
for Leaders!”
“A story expresses how
and why life changes
and how it can be”
Visioning
Logic/Rhetoric Storytelling
“People are not inspired to act
by reason alone”
Logic/Rhetoric Storytelling
Conventional
Safe
Reasoned - logical
IQ
Engages intellect
Tells
Easy to destroy with logic
Lin...
Ambiguity effect
Anchoring
Attentional bias
Availability heuristic
Availability cascade
Backfire
Bandwagon effect
Groupthi...
So what’s the Science?
Neural Coupling
Mirroring
Dopamine
Broca’s/Wernicke’s
What’s the
Story?
What makes for a
good story?
Has characters
A mind journey
An emotional journey
Embraces complexity
Has structure
Creates ...
 Speak at 150 WPM
 Process 500-750 WPM
 Average Attention Span 7.5 min
 Relative Importance:
 A Picture/Chart tells 1...
Cna yuo raed this at nroaml seped? 55 plepoe out of
100 can.
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht
I was...
DISTIL IT
“A computer on every desk and in every
home”
 Speak at 150 WPM
 Process 500-750 WPM
 Average Attention Span 7.5 min
 Relative Importance: Content
7%
Vocal
35%
Body...
Getting the Message Across
Voice
38%
Words
7%
Body
55%
What makes for a
good PROJECT?
Has characters
A mind journey
An emotional journey
Embraces complexity
Has structure
Create...
If you want your children to be
intelligent, read them stories.
If you want them to be more
intelligent, read them more st...
Henry Ford (1863-1947)
American industrialist, inventor
“Whether you think you
can or whether you think
you can’t, you’re ...
The shortest distance
between a human being
and the truth
is a story
Anthony de Mello
Writer & Philosopher
Successful Project
Leadership through
Storytelling
Stephen Carver FAPM
Successful project management through storytelling -12th Jan
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Successful project management through storytelling
12th January 2016
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Stephen Carver
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Successful project management through storytelling -12th Jan

  1. 1. Successful Project Leadership through Storytelling Stephen Carver FAPM
  2. 2. “People don’t like to plan - Planning is unnatural - It is much more fun just to do. And the nice thing about just doing is that failure comes as a complete surprise. Whereas if you have planned, the failure is preceded by a long period of despair and worry” Planning
  3. 3. Major Threats to Project Success Key to graph A Bad communication between stakeholders B Lack of planning C Milestones not being met D No quality control E Costs getting out of hand F Inadequate resource co- ordination G Poor overall management H Mis-management of progress I Supplier skills over- stretched J Supplier under-resourced 10 16 17 23 24 27 31 36 37 55 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 J I H G F E D C B A
  4. 4. If you want your children to be intelligent, read them stories.
  5. 5. Jean-Paul Sartre Philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and critical thinker Man is at all times a teller of stories. He lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others; He sees everything that happens to him through them, And he tries to live his life as if he were recounting it as a story.
  6. 6. Newspapers Books Magazines Plays TV Adverts Video Games Films Business
  7. 7. “Stories are vital for Leaders!”
  8. 8. “A story expresses how and why life changes and how it can be” Visioning
  9. 9. Logic/Rhetoric Storytelling “People are not inspired to act by reason alone”
  10. 10. Logic/Rhetoric Storytelling Conventional Safe Reasoned - logical IQ Engages intellect Tells Easy to destroy with logic Linear thinking Unconventional Dangerous Emotional - complex EQ Engages hearts and minds Sells Hard to destroy with logic Systems thinking
  11. 11. Ambiguity effect Anchoring Attentional bias Availability heuristic Availability cascade Backfire Bandwagon effect Groupthink Herd behaviour Base rate fallacy Belief bias Bias blind spot Choice-supportive bias Clustering Confirmation Congruence bias Conjunction Conservatism - Bayesian Contrast Curse of knowledge Decoy effect Denomination effect Distinction bias Duration neglect Empathy gap Endowment effect Essentialism Exaggerated Experimenter's Expectation bias False-consensus Functional fixedness Focusing effect Forer effect Barnum Framing effect Recency illusion Gambler's law of large numbers Hard-easy effect Hindsight bias Hostile media effect Hot-hand fallacy Hyperbolic discounting Dynamic inconsistency. Identifiable victim effect Illusion of control Illusion of validity Illusory correlation Impact bias Information bias Insensitivity to sample size Irrational Just-world Less-is-better effect Loss aversion Sunk cost effects Ludic fallacy Mere exposure effect Mirror-imaging Money illusion Moral credential effect Negativity bias Neglect of probability Normalcy bias Observation selection Observer-expectancy effect Subject-expectancy effect Omission bias Optimism bias Wishful thinking, Valence effect Positive outcome bias Ostrich effect Overconfidence Pareidolia Pessimism bias. Planning fallacy Post-purchase rationalization Pro-innovation bias Pseudocertainty Reactive devaluation Recency bias Recency illusion Restraint bias Rhyme as reason effect Risk compensation Peltzman effect Selective perception Semmelweis reflex Selection Social comparison Social desirability bias Status quo bias Stereotyping Subadditivity effect Subjective validation Survivorship Survivorship bias Texas sharpshooter fallacy Time-saving bias Unit bias Well travelled road effect Zero-risk bias… Are we rational? Memory bias
  12. 12. So what’s the Science? Neural Coupling Mirroring Dopamine Broca’s/Wernicke’s
  13. 13. What’s the Story?
  14. 14. What makes for a good story? Has characters A mind journey An emotional journey Embraces complexity Has structure Creates meaning – often multiple Does not tell – it shows Has an impact Catalyses change Is remembered…
  15. 15.  Speak at 150 WPM  Process 500-750 WPM  Average Attention Span 7.5 min  Relative Importance:  A Picture/Chart tells 1000 words Content 7% Vocal 35% Body Language 58% Communication Facts
  16. 16. Cna yuo raed this at nroaml seped? 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I wasrdanieg.The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to arscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are,the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deosnot raed ervey lteter by istlef,but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig eh? And I awlyas tghuot slpeling was ipmorantt! You are cleverer than you think
  17. 17. DISTIL IT
  18. 18. “A computer on every desk and in every home”
  19. 19.  Speak at 150 WPM  Process 500-750 WPM  Average Attention Span 7.5 min  Relative Importance: Content 7% Vocal 35% Body Language 58% Communication Facts
  20. 20. Getting the Message Across Voice 38% Words 7% Body 55%
  21. 21. What makes for a good PROJECT? Has characters A mind journey An emotional journey Embraces complexity Has structure Creates meaning – often multiple Does not tell – it shows Has an impact Catalyses change Is remembered
  22. 22. If you want your children to be intelligent, read them stories. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more stories.
  23. 23. Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist, inventor “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right” but…
  24. 24. The shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story Anthony de Mello Writer & Philosopher
  25. 25. Successful Project Leadership through Storytelling Stephen Carver FAPM

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