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The Springboard / Edition 1

The Springboard / Edition 1

by Stephen Denning
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ISBN-13: 9780750673556
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/01/2000
Series: KMCI Press
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Program director for knowledge management at the World Bank, the massive international financial organization (it lends approximately $30 billion each year). He contributes to knowledge management and organizational learning publications and presents very frequently at leading professional management conferences.

Table of Contents

Preface; Sighting the Springboard Story; Telling a Story that Rings True; Communicating a Vision; Getting Inside an Idea; A Tale of Two Stories; Co-Creating the Same Story; Another Mode of Knowing; Crafting the Springboard Story; Performing the Springboard Story; Building Up the Springboard Story; Embodying the Idea in a Story; The Medusa's Stare; Appendices; Bibliography

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The Springboard 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Parthurbook on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Death to PowerPoint! Program Director from the World Bank learns that giving people lots of information and showing them lots of charts communicates very little (if communcation effectiveness is measured by effected change). Whereas a 29-word story provides the pivot point that begins a cultural change across a very conservative organization. A little laboured, and sometimes over-written, the book itself is a useful story for Change and Knowledge Managers everywhere - if only to give credibility to right-brained, creative management.
DaveShearon on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Great illustration of the power of small, tight stories to catalyze organizational change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen Denning is the senior executive responsible for knowledge management at the World Bank. As the author of several well-received books on the power of corporate storytelling, Denning is a recognized guru and pretty much dominates the storytelling franchise among business writers. He believes that simple stories, told face-to-face, possess a remarkable ability to convey information so that people readily understand it. Just as important, stories can be extremely inspirational if you tell them the right way. Use this powerful narrative technique to introduce new organizational strategies or change plans, to detail a corporate vision, to motivate employees, and to communicate with customers and other key external audiences. If you handle corporate communication, this book shows you how to put storytelling to work to boost your performance. We regard Denning as an innovative thinker and communicator, and recommends his thoughtful, valuable book. In fact, this book is worthwhile for anyone who wants to learn how to communicate more effectively, regardless of the purpose or circumstances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Let me tell you what happened in a little town in Zambia in 1995.¿ With these innocent-sounding words, we begin a journey that takes us not only to Zambia but to Chile, Yemen, London, Bern, Bangui, Pakistan, and Washington D.C.. In the process, we discover the extraordinary power of storytelling to transform individuals, organizations and ourselves. The Springboard tells how storytelling was used as a springboard to help catalyze change in a large organization. Telling a story helped enable and accelerate change by providing direct access to the living part of the organization. Storytelling helped communicate complicated change ideas while generating momentum towards rapid implementation. Thus when correctly applied, storytelling is not simply about talk, but can lead directly to action. The change in this case happened to involve the introduction of knowledge management, but the story is not so much about this particular change idea - whether you call it knowledge management, knowledge sharing, intellectual capital management, best practice management, the learning organization, or whatever - but about the process of communicating complex change ideas and get rapid action towards implementation. Similarly, the story is not so much about the particular organization in which the change was adopted - as it happens, the international organization known as the World Bank - but about the dynamics of any large organization struggling to adjust the bewilderingly rapid shifts in the 21st century global knowledge economy. You will recognize in these pages the scene of any large organization, including the struggle to learn and understand what is going on in the organization, and the struggle to convince the organization to enter into a new future. The Springboard shows how storytelling can help transform an organization and enable the organization reinvent itself as a new organization. Storytelling gets inside the minds of the individuals who collectively make up the organization and affects how they think, worry, wonder, agonize and dream about themselves and in the process create and recreate their organization and their lives. Storytelling enables the individuals in an organization to see themselves and the organization in a different light, and, through storytelling take decisions and change their behavior in accordance with these new perceptions, insights and identities. Using storytelling to effect organizational change shows the power of narrative modes of communication, in comparison to analytic abstract thinking. The Springboard is the first book to teach storytelling as a powerful and formal discipline for organizational change and knowledge management. Readers will learn how organizations can use stories to distill and share valuable insights and solutions. The book provides easy-to-use guidelines for how to collect, frame and tell these stories. More information about the The Springboard is available at the author¿s website at:, including what readers think: e.g. ¿¿ the best thing that I have ever read on corporate communication:¿ John Seely Brown, Chief Scientist, Xerox PARC