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What every business person needs to know about working with stories in organizations

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  1. 1. Working With Stories What Every Business Professional Needs To Know Karen Dietz, PhD
  2. 2. 5 Objectives For Today <ul><li>How & Why Stories Work </li></ul><ul><li>Application Chart </li></ul><ul><li>Tools & Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Quality & Ethics </li></ul>
  3. 3. How & Why Stories Work <ul><li>The Art of Story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What happened to you as I told the story? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Science of Story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neuroscience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whole brain, whole body </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for us? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Story Application Spectrum
  5. 5. Sample Tools, Processes <ul><li>Future Story </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciative Inquiry </li></ul><ul><li>Visioning </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnographic Interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Springboard Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Histories </li></ul><ul><li>Anecdote Circles </li></ul><ul><li>Jump Start Storytelling </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Circles </li></ul><ul><li>Story Assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Stories as Core Competence </li></ul>
  6. 6. Story Effectiveness <ul><li>What is a story? </li></ul><ul><li>Forms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anecdote, example, vignette, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal story, tale, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Working With Stories – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selecting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crafting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing/embodying </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media – oral, written, audio, video, poster, icon </li></ul>
  7. 7. Quality & Ethics <ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Formal Story Training – oral storytelling, acting, entertainment, improv, presentation/speaking skills, digital media, writing, academics, ethnographic research, narrative research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experience – in organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation in org story professional communities – Worldwide Story Work, Storytelling in Organizations SIG, Golden Fleece, Professional Storyteller </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continual learning – in storytelling, org narratives, OD, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do no harm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect – appreciative listening, audience, and the story, no over-storying (Swift Boat Veterans For Truth) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permissions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For ethics document go to </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Contact <ul><li>Karen Dietz, PhD </li></ul><ul><li>Polaris Associates Consulting </li></ul><ul><li>San Diego, CA 92102 </li></ul><ul><li>619-235-0052 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Contact- [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Karen is an organizational development professional specializing in stories. She is a business consultant, facilitator, trainer, storyteller, story coach to senior executives, and the former Executive Director of the National Storytelling Network. She has worked with organizations for over 25 years, and clients include Fortune 500 companies, business leaders, and community advocates. </li></ul><ul><li>For free downloads and tools go to </li></ul>