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Tales for Change: Using Storytelling to Develop People and Organizations

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The link between storytelling and the concept of change and transition is as old as some of the stories themselves: the frog turns into the handsome prince, the ugly duckling into a swan and Cinderella into a princess. However, storytelling is not just the province of children; it is a powerful and compelling resource that can be used to reframe and resize problems and provide useful metaphors for the boardroom, office and individual.

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Overview

The link between storytelling and the concept of change and transition is as old as some of the stories themselves: the frog turns into the handsome prince, the ugly duckling into a swan and Cinderella into a princess. However, storytelling is not just the province of children; it is a powerful and compelling resource that can be used to reframe and resize problems and provide useful metaphors for the boardroom, office and individual.

Showing you how and when to use stories to maximum effect, Tales for Change will immediately help managers, trainers, educators and coaches reinforce key messages or stimulate fresh thinking. The book includes 50 tried and tested tales that can be used in a change management context. These tales can be used to communicate ideas, aid memorable learning and encourage brainstorming sessions, as well as help those involved cope with the stress of change, enhance emotional intelligence and increase creativity.

Complete with "trigger questions" to encourage reflective thinking and productive discussion, this innovative book is sure to change the way that others learn and develop.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] compelling case for the power of narrative in introducing and abetting transformation.  [Parkin] supplies excellent questions... after each story to keep the discussion on point." — getAbstract.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780749461003
  • Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Parkin is Founder and Principal of Success Stories, UK. She has worked with individuals, groups and major organizations for over 20 years, helping them with her innovative and refreshing approach to training.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Dealing with Change 5

How Stories Can Help in Dealing with Change 5

1 The Old Bear and the Young Bear 10

2 The Mustard Seed 12

3 The Cat and her Lover 15

4 Burning the Boats 17

5 The Cigarette Story 19

6 King Solomon's Ring 21

7 Rats in the Maze 23

8 Perception and Reality 26

9 The Need for Change 29

10 Keep Things the Same 31

Chapter 2 Being Creative 33

How Stories Can Help in Being Creative 33

11 The Monk's Room 37

12 The Old Man in the Market Place 40

13 Anansi Tricks the Snake 43

14 James Watt's Story 47

15 Alice Meets the Queen 50

16 The Creative Astronomer 53

17 Throwing your Cap 55

18 Going from Room to Room 57

19 A Good Education 59

20 Daedalus and Icarus 62

Chapter 3 Leaders and Teams 65

How Stories Can Help Leaders and Teams Going Through Change 65

21 All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten 70

22 Leadership Games 73

23 The Father and his Sons 76

24 Gregory's Story 78

25 Harmony 82

26 The Bremen Town Musicians 84

27 Heaven or Hell" 88

28 Flying the Flag 91

29 Creative Learning 93

30 The Wonderful Wizard 96

Chapter 4 Dealing with Stress 101

How Stories Can Help in Dealing with the Stress of Change 101

31 Filling the Jar 105

32 Carrying the Load 108

33 Stressful Communication 110

34 The Two Frogs and the Bucket of Cream 113

35 The Warrior of Light 115

36 The Fisherman and his Wife 117

37 Biological Tales 121

38 The King and the Jewel 124

39 The Oak Tree and the Reeds 127

40 Nasrudin and the Source of Happiness 129

Chapter 5 Emotional Intelligence 133

How Stories Can Help Develop Emotional Intelligence 133

41 The Search for Truth 138

42 Praise and Complaint 141

43 The Little Monster that Grew and Grew 144

44 The Mantra 147

45 The Fox and the Stork 150

46 Divided Communication 152

47 Nasrudin and the Falcon 155

48 First Impressions 158

49 The Old Man and his Grandson 161

50 The Power of Storytelling 163

References and Further Reading 167

Further Information 169

Index 171

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    Insightful!

    A book of tales must rise or fall on the quality of the stories it presents. And in that regard, this storybook earns a mixed report card. Most of the stories are clear and pithy, although some hint at change without being directly related to it. A case in point is 'The Old Man and his Grandson,' a brief moral tale about the need to demonstrate empathy and the fact that everyone grows older. Other stories, however, are perfectly apropos and even come with a hint of humor to prod listeners to accept change. Unnervingly, some of the less engaging stories come from author Margaret Parkin¿s personal experiences. On the other hand, her informative introduction makes a compelling case for the power of narrative in introducing and abetting transformation. She supplies excellent questions for further study after each story to keep the discussion on point. Overall, we recommend this book to those who would like to add a few new anecdotes to their quiver. If just one helps spur your organization be more flexible, that will be a success story worth telling.

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