In his landmark study of leadership, Harvard Professor
Howard Gardner found that “the key to leadership… is effective
communication of a story.”
Stories are an excellent way to connect with people, to make
complex ideas easier to understand, and to make your message memorable. But
telling stories is more than just a folksy way to relate to others. It is a
powerful and persuasive vehicle that top leaders use to get their message
across with maximum impact and minimum resistance. Today’s most effective
leaders know how to use various story templates to communicate their vision,
win buy-in for their ideas, transmit values, and inspire their people.
Many cultures have strong storytelling traditions. This is
true regardless of their time in history or their place geographically. Yet few
leaders of any stripe use stories in their work.
Generally speaking, leaders in business and government value
facts, data, logic, and reason. Yet when presented with facts, people try to
make sense of them through critical evaluations. They look for flaws in your
argument. As a result, using only facts and logical arguments can put your
audience in a confrontational state of mind.
Storytelling, on the other hand, combines facts plus
emotions. When people become emotionally invested in a story, they aren’t
looking for ways to shoot it down. By packaging your message into a story, you
can introduce your message to your audience without hitting them over the head with
By harnessing the power of stories, leaders could be a lot
more persuasive. So why don’t more leaders use stories? I can think of three
1. Many leaders are not aware that stories can serve many
purposes, such as: Introducing yourself. The right story can position you the
way you wish to be perceived, rather than allowing others to …
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Many struggling and fledgling entrepreneurs look to the
stories of those that have succeeded as their holy grail and the only word on
learning how to succeed. There is a long list of entrepreneurial giants and
titans of industry who have amazing stories of success and accomplishment. We
feel that there is so much to be learned by looking at and studying these
remarkable individuals and there triumphs. And why shouldn’t we? They have
succeeded and overcame many obstacles and challenges with sheer grit and determination.
There is a lot there to be admired and respected. But does that really help us
learn how to “make it” and not fall flat on our faces? The fact of
the matter is probably not. Whatever it is you are doing or attempting to do is
probably very different from any success story you have heard or read about.
Even if it’s in the same industry, the same product or service, it’s nowhere
near the same. The stories of successes are great for inspiration and
motivation and that’s it, that’s where it ends. They are far from a blue print
for the wannabe entrepreneur to follow. It’s not like following someone’s foot
steps in the snow, which isn’t even that easy, you still seem to make your own
tracks no matter how hard you try. As an entrepreneur you just can’t say I’m
going to do exactly what he or she did step by step. Your success is about you
and your vision. If we could just follow the exact steps one by one of those
legends we admire so much it would all be so easy. But it’s not that easy at
all. Entrepreneurship is a journey and very different for each of us.
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There is a land where idealists and romantics are easily
crushed whilst the pragmatic and sober soar to extraordinary heights. The land
of start-ups is a graveyard of broken dreams not because of the impossibility
of starting a business but because people go into the whole thing with the
The conventional wisdom statistic is that 9 out of ten
businesses fail. Whether it is true or not is another fact. But, the point is,
will you be counted among those who win?
You need to ask yourself about the following three things
before you give your boss the pieces of your mind that remain:
Number 1: You Know That Great Idea You Have?
I hate to sound pessimistic but that great idea you had
whilst you were in the shower (The Eureka moment!). you are going to have to wrestle
it if you are to see it manifest. It will not just come to you on a silver
platter and guess what even crooks have to fight for their business hence gang
related murders. So if you thought just having the idea was all it took guess
You need to have the stamina of a monster and the work ethic
of an ant if you will survive the roller coaster you have decided to ride.
Besides this you are already defeated by your great idea before you have even
So do you have the hunger to beat the living daylight out of
your dreams so that you can conquer, subdue and tame it? If you don’t go back
to your bosses desk and tear that smug resignation letter you just wrote.
Number 2: When Money Will Not Come?
There is a bunch of people who think that their idea is
their get rich quick ticket. These …
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Harvey Mackay started by doing, not by writing. By the time
he wrote, “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty; The Only Networking Book
You’ll Ever Need,” he had spent nearly 40 years at the helm of Mackay
Envelop Company. The company was failing when he bought it. Mr. Mackay didn’t
have a lot of resources to build the company except for his own belief in the
power of relationships.
His first few books reflected the tough environment of the
business world with titles referring to getting eaten by sharks and insincere
offers from naked men. But “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty”
takes a more optimistic and proactive approach. Written in 1997, it doesn’t
make any mention of the internet or social networking, but focuses purely on
the person to person, face to face aspects of networking.
At over 300 pages and not the largest type font size in the
industry, it seems like a daunting project to start. But here’s the best part
about this book and why it’s still worth picking up today. It is full of
networking stories. Not stories about made up people or someone you’ve never
heard of, but stories about how celebrities, athletes, and even presidents have
built and used their networks. There are names you’ve heard of only because
you’ve shopped at their stores, like Stanley Marcus of Nieman Marcus and Len
Riggio, founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble. There are sports figures
like Pat O’Brien and Muhammed Ali. Politicians from both parties including Bill
Clinton and George Bush. The stories include other authors such as Stephen
King, Erma Bombeck and movie stars such as Paul Newman.
Just reading the index is like a who’s who of politics,
business and sports. You can’t help but be inspired by the list of successful
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Finding the top culinary schools in America is usually a challenge for those who want to turn into leading rated chefs. Because the college selected may have a profound effect your future career as a chef, producing the appropriate decision for you personally is very important.
Beneath, you’ll find procedures that can allow you to pick the culinary arts school that matches your requires, also as a listing of several of the far more prestigious schools inside the USA.
1: Know what type of Chef you want to be
What ranks because the most effective culinary schools of America is determined by the type of food that school specializes in. Ranging from French, Italian and Oriental cuisines, the procedures which chefs operate vary significantly. Though there are some prestigious schools that span a number of cuisines, selecting a specializing school can make the distinction in whether or not or not you can succeed or fail at culinary arts.
2: Understand how significant of a Chef you might be.
The level of perform and work you’re prepared to put into becoming a chef must be forefront inside your thoughts as that you are deciding on a college. Some schools are strict, with lengthy schedules along with a fantastic deal of function that should be completed to produce a passing grade. Other folks are a lot more casual, enabling evening courses and slow progression. Realizing how severe you happen to be about becoming a chef will help you pick the kind of college you attend, too as determine the pace you discover.
3: Know your budget.
Not all culinary arts schools across America are produced equal. Some educational centers can price a terrific deal of money. These schools are often reserved for all those who want to develop into elite chefs. Identify …
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