Storytelling: Sesame Street Story-tells
“Our head of sales, Natalie is excellent.. and I wish everyone was like her.” “Mariam is top of class in her grades, hope all students can become like her.” “Sandy is a great writer, she always comes up with best articles.” We have all heard such statements and perhaps rolled our eyes when listening to them too! Often the teller of these …

Change Storytelling: Super Smart People Need a BIO Story
Karen is responsible for Change Management in her organisation. Every time she announces a change initiative, there is group of people who would hijack her presentations. They question everything and anything which usually dampens the little enthusiasm that exists for change. This group of people are super smart people. Karen’s biggest worry, for a long time before any change announcement, was this…

Change Storytelling: Telling The Truth But in the Wrong Frame
Over the last few months, whilst running Change Management Storytelling Programmes, I asked several rank and file staff (impacted by the change), “Why do you think your organisation is changing?” After hearing several responses, I can confidently say that rank and file staff’s worldview is, all change initiatives are driven by profitability and there is no care or concern for people on…

Change Management Storytelling: Words That Matter
Words are not just a mechanism of conveyance. They are a mechanism of influence. Given below are three research based findings from Robert Cialdini’s book Pre- Suasion: A Revolutionary Way To Influence And Persuade that prove that words are a mechanism of influence. 1) WORDS THAT CONNOTE ACHIEVEMENT Studies have shown that subtly exposing individuals to words that connote achievement ( win,…

Change Management Storytelling: Is Change Assistance a part of your Change story?
Desired Change rarely takes place by only presenting consequences of not changing or benefits of changing. Effective Change Management Storytelling requires another important element. Robert Cialdini’s book Pre-Suasion informs that as a rule, communications that present the most frightening consequences of poor health habits work better than milder messages or messages that present the positive consequences of good habits. The more prominent…

Change Management Storytelling: Story of Now Matters?
In Change Management Storytelling talking about how is the current situation is very important. Today, whilst working on Change Management Storytelling Project  I was having a casual conversation with some of the leaders to gain some insights on the project. During this conversation, one of the leader asked me ” why are you so fussed about knowing how are we working now?…

Change Management Storytelling: I gave Incentives and Change implementation failed
Why desired change behaviours should never be incentivised? Last week I was invited to speak on Storytelling for Change at a Learning Festival of an Organisation. I was surprised to notice that the employees upon attending a speaking session were allowed to get a stamp on their Learning Passports and once they had certain numbers of stamps they could win prizes like…

Change Management Storytelling: How I made my post workshop learning better?
Telling someone to change is one thing and teaching them how to change is another. At the end of a my Storytelling Workshops there are two types of inner dialogues that take place. My inner dialogue is,”I hope the participants change the way they communicate” and participant’s inner dialogue is “this time I am really going to change” My inner dialogue…