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Creating Vision with Stories


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Stephen Carver at Fusing the Project World conference at ITER Project on 4 September 2015

Steven Carver is a lecturer of Project & Programme Management and Crisis Communications on the Full-Time and Executive MBA at Cranfield University.

Prior to Cranfield University, Stephen worked on projects for the oil business before moving on to work at Virgin. From there he went on to work directly for a global CEO as Head of Project & Programme Management Strategy.

He has experience of Project and Programme Management in almost all business sectors from banks to oil, and from construction to law firms. He has lectured and consulted globally and is highly experienced in presenting ideas in a way that bridges different cultural and organisational differences.

Steven is an Honorary Fellow of The Institute of Risk Management and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

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Creating Vision with Stories

  1. 1. Creating Vision with Storytelling Stephen Carver FAPM
  2. 2. Are there any Engineers, Scientists or Technologists in the room?
  3. 3. High IQ Logical Numerate Sensible Rational
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. But stories are just for children!
  6. 6. If you want your children to be intelligent, read them stories. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more stories.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. Newspapers Books Magazines Plays TV Adverts Video Games Films Business Projects
  9. 9. Stephen Carver
  10. 10. Stephen Carver
  11. 11. MBA Stephen Carver
  12. 12. Stephen Carver
  13. 13. So, Stephen, tell us about how to lead our complex change projects and programmes…
  14. 14. Sticky Stories
  15. 15. Presidential Report on Challenger Richard Feynman
  16. 16. “Stories are vital for Leaders!”
  17. 17. “A story expresses how and why life changes and how it can be” Visioning
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Logic/Rhetoric Storytelling “People are not inspired to act by reason alone”
  20. 20. Monte Carlo
  21. 21. 1995 Brent Spar
  22. 22. So what’s the Science? Neural Coupling Mirroring Dopamine Broca’s/Wernicke’s
  23. 23. So what’s the Science? Neural Coupling Mirroring Dopamine Broca’s/Wernicke’s
  24. 24. 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! Our brains love complex patterns…
  25. 25. ITER Key Data Initial Conceptualisation 1985 Vacuum Vessel 8000 tons (empty) Tokamak (inc walls/base)400K tonnes D Toroidal Field Coils 360 tonnes each Niobium-tin strands 100K km Vessel Integrity 60 M Newtons Core Temp 150 M Degrees C
  26. 26. ITER Key Data Initial Conceptualisation 1985 Vacuum Vessel 8000 tons (empty) Tokamak (inc walls/base)400K tonnes D Toroidal Field Coils 360 tonnes each Niobium-tin strands 100K km Vessel Integrity 60 M Newtons Core Temp 150 M Degrees C
  27. 27. x2 x18 x2 x10
  28. 28. The shortest distance between a human being and the truth is a story Anthony de Mello Writer & Philosopher
  29. 29. To tell your Project Story
  30. 30. Creating Vision with Storytelling Stephen Carver FAPM