This is a departure from my usual posts. I'm striving to be more actively kind this holiday season, and thought I'd share this helpful list of good deeds from GoodNet:
Our brains love patterns. We crave ways to make order out of chaos. That's why storytelling is so helpful. It provides a framework that helps our brains process complex information.
Movies, books, songs, even great advertising, use the storytelling framework to touch, move and inspire audiences everywhere. You can learn how to elevate business communications to impart ideas, stimulate engagement and motivate behaviors. Here are two short videos on business areas that can use storytelling to revolutionize communications:
Let me know if you are interested in developing a powerful story for your brand, project or initiative... or if you'd like a storytelling workshop for your team.
People with high self-awareness are 36% more likely to make good decisions, and 30% more likely to manage conflict well.
On the flip side, working with people who have low self-awareness and consistently over-rate themselves cut your chances of success in half.
A key contributing factor to low self-awareness is Confirmation Bias. It damages team performance, stifles innovation and has a negative impact on the ability to adapt to change. The good news: you can do something about it.
Take a look at this 2-minute video to learn more about how to strengthen self-awareness and guard against confirmation bias.
Authentic engagement is a hot term right now, but too often our workplace interactions aren’t authentic or engaging. Real inclusive, participatory environments require more than conducting a survey and checking a box.
The art and science of engaging people is both deep and wide: social movements, human-centered design, complex systems, collective impact, organizational psychology, cognitive behavior, participatory methods, and the list goes on.
But you don’t have to be a scientist to start engaging. Here are five steps that you can start taking today to more truly engage, solve problems, innovate and change.
Moving toward a more engaged, genuinely participatory environment can happen more quickly than you think. And the rewards are plentiful.
I'm excited to partner The Porter Authority with HueLife, a human capital firm that helps organizations, teams and communities engage, collaborate, innovate and change for the greater good. Hue stands for human understanding and engagement, essential elements for high-performing environments... and yet these can elude even the best of us during times of change, uncertainty and conflict.
At HueLife, our certified facilitators, trainers and consultants use a blend of contemporary and time-tested participatory methods, organizational psychology, story-telling and emotional awareness techniques to tap into group wisdom, from small teams to entire organizations.
Together, our services include:
Please let me know if we can help you or someone you know!
A few years ago, I started developing my own approach to help organizations tackle a myriad of challenges with four common elements: communication, content, culture and change. I was driven by frustration with both old and new methods that were too rigid or overly complex, and often significantly underplayed the human element. Plus many methods contain faulty, disingenuous assumptions. I know because I'm guilty of using them. For example, asking people to participate in "buy-in" sessions, where choice and input really aren't options.
In researching anthropological, psychological, OD and behavioral approaches, I discovered participatory methods. These are not new, but for me, they opened up the world in a magical way.
At the risk of sounding like a person in love: participatory methods are what the world needs. With endless applications, they help people:
Even better, the methods are relatively easy to learn and use. (Why didn't I hear about these in grade school or college or therapy?) And these methods easily integrate and enhance other programs, such as Baldridge, NPS, Agile, PMI, etc.
I learned the methods by taking the ToP Facilitation courses now provided by HueLife. I've been in the ToP Facilitation Mastery program for the past year, and I'm still amazed at what a difference these methods make for individuals, teams and organizations. And my clients are too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A well-traveled guide in a diverse array of organizational cultures, Emily Porter has a distinct POV marked by large doses of realism, empathy and outright humor. She has lived and worked in DC, NYC, Boston, Richmond, VA, Minneapolis and now Portland, OR.