1. The Leader as Storyteller

    Scholar and author Warren Bennis in his review of Howard Gardner’s seminal book on leadership observed: “The leadership crisis appears to be spreading. In the United States, senators are resigning, some without encouragement of scandal. The mood of the populace is unsettled, angry, sometimes foul, and, in a few horrifying...

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  2. The Science of How Storytelling Affects our Brains

    “Cognitive science has long recognized narrative as a basic organizing principle of memory. From early childhood, we tell ourselves stories about our actions and experiences. Accuracy is not the main objective – coherence is. If necessary, our minds will invent things that never happened simply to hold the narrative together.”...

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  3. Why Narrative Matters to Your Leadership

    A fascinating short article by Madelyn Blair published in July’s issue of Psychology Today make the direct connection between narrative and effective leadership. “Narrative psychology is the perspective that, as Ted Sabin from UCSC said, focuses on “the storied nature of human conduct.” The central thesis of this perspective is...

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  4. Numbers and Nerves

    “We require data in order to describe such phenomena as contamination, genocide, species extinction, and climate change,” observe the authors of Numbers and Nerves. “But the data alone, while bolstering the authority of journalists and scientists, tend to wash past audiences with minimal impact.” “In the past two decades, cognitive...

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  5. Data and Storytelling

    The true power of data comes from conveying the “so what” behind the numbers, inspiring people to probe new questions, and using it for rigorous statistical inquiry. Check out Jake Porway’s “Three Things Great Data Storytellers Do Differently” in the Standford Social Innovation Review.

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