Posts in the Category: Corporate Stories

Grandpa and the Wisdom Pond

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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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3 Corporate Short Stories You Can Use

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It’s no secret I love stories. They pretty much act as the foundation of my corporate teaching style. And because I love using them and relating my own experiences to mentoring, I love hearing new stories as well, whether it’s from the people I meet or some quick ones I find online. Here are three very different stories with three very different morals. Note: bad language is involved. Happy Friday! // A young executive was…
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The Obviousness of Being in the Present

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I was nervous. Really nervous. At the age of 29 I had been selected to a group of CEOs and was the youngest in the group by at least 20 years. As I made my way down the hall that morning, I was attending just my second meeting. I knew that on this particular day we would all be evaluating each other. And in my mind the refrain repeated, “what could anyone have to say…
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