Posts in the Category: Stories

Peter and the Wolf…What’s in a Story?

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It was 1958… …and the world appeared as a black-and-white rerun of Leave it to Beaver. In fact, I was one of those children that could easily be found in any of those old sitcoms. I had just recently inherited a new father and we were living in Provo, Utah while he attended BYU. He had just figured out that engineering would not be his career choice and that he would downgrade his efforts into…
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Grandpa and the Wisdom Pond

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Pond near Salen - David Wilkie Flickr

As you all know by now, I was blessed with a Grandpa extraordinaire. Yes, he had a wonderful resume and was admired for his many achievements. But to me–the oldest grandson, he was my compadre in the many adventures we had together. He would fill my imagination with the stuff of fairy tales and send me off to be the hero in every story. To this day I can remember waiting like a puppy dog…
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Are You Swimming in Poop?

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It had been a five long days and I was exhausted. Thirty-two high potential executives had gathered in a Leadership Institute to compete in teams. They had built business cases and presented them to the CEO and operating committee of the company. And this wasn’t a practice case. No, they were given a hot issue within the company and the company’s executives were listening for real answers. This was an exercise with ‘live ammunition’ so…
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What’s Storytelling Worth In The Digital Age?

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You heard, seen and listened to it everyday of your life. Sometimes, it drifted through your subconsciousness like a whisper and you didn’t even realize you were hearing one. But in that moment, you made a connection with story and the storyteller. He or she made you feel something. Yes, you get more and more storytelling told to you in more and more ways online through what media people refer to as transmedia storytelling. But…
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The Art of Living Your Hero’s Journey

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Let’s try an experiment. Pretend you are one of several students sitting in a classroom acting as a willing participant in a short experiment. De-age yourself if you have to! Now because this is a psychological experiment and I de-aged myself to my early twenties, I picture the psychologists walking in with their lab coats and wearing thick horned-rimmed glasses, while all I think about is the weekend heading to the beach with this girl…
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