Over the recent past in organizations of all shapes and sizes, the old adage of, “We will deal with that once things slow down” has become a bankrupt statement. The environment of constant change in which our businesses and its leadership must exist and succeed today is not only here to stay, the pace of change is accelerating and will continue to do so. Today, in many ways, the commercial world rewards mental and physical agility almost as much as it rewards experience. In fact, experience can quickly erode into a liability if we hold onto principles and processes that are no longer relevant.
Leaders today have to find new and innovative ways of informing and impressing upon our colleagues the need to be acutely aware of and quickly adapt to emerging and evolving cultural, economic, and commercial changes, challenges, and opportunities. “Storytelling” of true, real-life experiences is proving to be a powerful, impactful way to illustrate new realities that run counter to conventional thought and current approaches. Stories, told in an authentic, but compelling manner, are proving to be a highly effective means of educating our personnel to paradigm shifts in the business landscape and getting them to quickly accept and adopt new perspectives. Ultimately, the expectation and acceptance of the concept that “significant” change now occurs on a regular basis fuels an innovative culture that thrives on transformation and can weather the storms of chaos when necessary.
- Learn how to lead your organization from the historical perspective of “Change is inevitable” to “Live for Change”.
- Learn the process of “Sensemaking/Sensegiving” that enables leaders to challenge conventional wisdom using real-life examples and evocative terms. Help colleagues and subordinates get their head around new, emerging market realities and come to a point of intellectual and emotional acceptance and understanding.
- In an environment where the pace of change creates great ambiguity (and sometimes fear) relative to company direction and strategy and “What’s next?”, learn to be proactive in seeking and securing examples of individuals and situations that vividly illustrate the paradox between historical approaches and the need for evolutionary (or in some case, revolutionary), innovative ideas and solutions.
- Learn how to become a better “storyteller” that holds your audience at rapt attention, not because you are overly charismatic, but because the content enlightens, energizes, and equips your constituents to accept and understand new or emerging realities and conceptualize innovative ways to capitalize upon the resulting opportunities.
- Learn how to recognize emerging authentic leaders in your organization… not by position, but by their performance. Gauge which leaders have the potential to be “raconteurs”… i.e. “skilled storytellers”.