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Why use storytelling in business?

Storytelling has been around as long as humans have roamed the earth. Even without words, drawings conveyed stories. And like many things related to humans, the way stories are told has evolved. From cave man drawings to smartphone apps – storytelling is woven through our history, our present, and reaches out to our future. But like many things common in our lives, the power of storytelling is taken for granted. Some look to storytelling as the latest buzzword for business with...

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Soundbites are seeds of greater ideas

  Whether you think social media helps us connect more or is meaningless and narcissistic behavior, it is now part of our online and offline existence. Much of what we share and consume are in sound bite forms. Not unlike the quotes you see on the cover of gossip magazines at the checkout line in your supermarket. These soundbites appear not only on gossip magazines, but also in the headlines, company slogans, mantras, slogans, and of course social media posts. What if...

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This weekly email can increase your success

Over the years I’ve experienced many methods of managers keeping tabs on how things are going with each team member. One that worked especially well with a distributed team is the weekly status email containing a simple list. It was short enough that the program lead could review a dozen or so emails and get an idea of the state of her department, but not too short that she couldn’t take action where needed, especially in removing obstacles to success. The...

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