The Power of the Tale: Using Narratives for Organisational Success / Edition 1

The Power of the Tale: Using Narratives for Organisational Success / Edition 1

by Julie Allan, Gerard Fairtlough, Barbara Heinzen
     
 

ISBN-10: 047084227X

ISBN-13: 9780470842270

Pub. Date: 04/11/2002

Publisher: Wiley

" . . . I thoroughly endorse the book. . . Fairtlough is an excellent thinker."
Napier Collyns

"Takes Arie de Geus's thinking forward . . I have no hesitation in recommending it for publication."
Gill Ringland

"The most important aspect is the potential to legitimise the use of storytelling in a business environment . . and help management think outside

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" . . . I thoroughly endorse the book. . . Fairtlough is an excellent thinker."
Napier Collyns

"Takes Arie de Geus's thinking forward . . I have no hesitation in recommending it for publication."
Gill Ringland

"The most important aspect is the potential to legitimise the use of storytelling in a business environment . . and help management think outside the box."
Arie de Geus

Story-telling is one of the best ways for individuals, groups, organizations and societies to learn. Skill in story-telling and in other narrative activities allows us to understand complexity, live with uncertainty, communicate well and increase personal and organizational effectiveness. As organizations move away from old-fashioned command and control, they will increasingly need the bonds of shared stories, which create shared language, shared visions and shared values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470842270
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/11/2002
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

1 Stories in Action

Resistance to story-telling

How story-telling works its magic

Types of narrative

Ways of creating stories

Story-telling skills

Seven histories

The rest of the book

What readers will get from the book

2 M4 Technology -
Stories for Truth and Trust

Communication

This chapter

A theory of truth and trust

Practices and stories

Accept vulnerability

Seek empathy

Seek transparency

Promote dialogue

Avoid groupthink

Support truthful politics

Conclusion

3 AutoCorp -
Learning

Individual learning

AutoCorp: the past

AutoCorp: stories for the future

A training tale

A coaching tale

A mentoring tale

A cautionary tale about not learning

Conclusion

4 Themis -
Using Stories in a Professional Development Community

Lyn's story

Perspectives and practices

The history of Themis

A note on written stories

Conclusion

5 Matters of Life and Death -
Using stories in the National Health Service

Value conflicts

Embracing error

Trusting your judgement

A positive approach to dilemmas

Stories about stories

Barchester District

Complexity

Conclusion

6 AutoCorp -
Evolving

Facilitating change

Coping with complexity

Another virtuous circle

AutoCorp's change programme

Uncertainty

Ambiguity

Self-organising change at AutoCorp

An experiment in self-organisation

Conclusion

7 LIFT -
Stories for Innovation

The London International Festival of Theatre

Imagination, vision and stories

Stimulating your imagination

Making connections

The right space to tell the tale

Boundary spanning

Building an organisation

Expanding the vision

Renewing the vision

Conclusion

8 Kenya -
Scenarios for a Country's Future

The Mont Fleur scenarios

The benefits of scenarios

Kenya

Story-telling and scenarios

Mount Kenya Safari Club

The research workshop

Detoxifying the mind

Further workshops -
Lake Baringo, Mombasa and Amboseli

The scenarios

Influence of the scenario project

Conclusion

9 Thinking about Stories

Story characteristics

Stories in organisations

Stories and learning

Stories and society

Conclusion

10 Tools and Techniques for Story Use

A note on ethics

Chapter format

Story-telling frameworks and starting points

Workshop games and activities

Developing your own skills

A note on story-telling and organisational research

Conclusion

11 The Future of Story-telling in Organisations

Key points from the seven histories

What we learned while writing this book

Story-telling and complexity

Respect for other people

Art and emotion

Negative possibilities

Story-telling and sustainability

References

Further Reading and Resources

Index of Stories

Subject and Author Index

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