Sea Stories: Do You Trust Your Compass? (10/30/2018) Do you trust your compass? Finding your way in life, business, and traffic is a challenge. The easiest way to get somewhere without getting lost is to switch on the GPS. But too many people never know the joy of READ MORE→
Phil Woods: Is Your Work Beneath You?Phil Woods Saxopohone (10/16/2018) I was frustrated the other day, thinking about how I need a better computer. Some of my software is out of date and my machine just doesn’t have the speed and the memory to support some of the the new READ MORE→
Be an Effective Storyteller. Try Story Listening (9/18/2018) Storytelling is a powerful tool, but no one ever talks about story listening. Have you ever been with a friend, family member, client, or colleague and assumed they were thinking and feeling something completely different from what they actually were? READ MORE→
Selling the Story: Storytelling for Skeptics (8/17/2018) “Storytelling…? I don’t know.” A troubled look flashed across Sally’s face. “You’ll have a hard time selling me on your topic. Last year’s speaker was a dud. I need to deliver some wow-factor this year or I might not be READ MORE→
Story Themes: The Unlikely Teacher (8/6/2018) The unlikely teacher is one of my favorite story themes,  partially because I’ve been fortunate to have had wonderful, unlikely teachers in my own life, but also because it suggests pathways and opportunities for us to transform our lives and READ MORE→
Stuck in the Wrong Story? Need a Bigger Bucket?bigger bucket (7/9/2018) Getting stuck in the wrong story can feel productive, but it traps us in conflict and prevents us from reaching our meaningful goals.   I was sitting in the cockpit of my sailboat one evening when I spied a small READ MORE→
Problem-Solving & Storytelling: Understand Their Story (6/25/2018) Use storytelling for problem-solving. Think about the various stories involved in a conflict and plot a course for resolution. Seen through the StorySailing™ spyglass, a story is analogous to the voyage of a sailboat across the rocky, stormy seas of READ MORE→
The Elements of Story (6/11/2018) I never thought I’d learn about business while sailing alone on a small boat at sea, but here’s the story: When I was a young man still in college, I found myself—quite through happenstance—in the company of an odd band READ MORE→

 

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