Nick Owen is passionate about leadership and storytelling.He is author of three best-selling books on story and metaphor and deeply engaged in promoting the concept of ‘the Third Act’: how we can more pro-actively engage with ourselves and our communities in the last third of our lives.
We talk about the power of metaphor and stories for leaders today, especially in times of transition.
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Highlights from the Show
- How story can put someone into a trance that helps them become more awake.
- How Nick used theatre to help people in disadvantaged communities in Tanzania develop their own stories.
- How organizations can engage more of the regular people who work and want to contribute by listening to them.
- How asking executives for their stories helped transform how an executive team worked together.
- Helping leaders shift from report-telling to story-telling.
- An example of an executive using her own stories and metaphors.
- “Stories are how we make meaning of everything in our lives. How we communicate what we think we understand.”
- The power of metaphor.
- The importance of relevancy.
- Challenging the myths that are detrimentally shaping our world.
- We can work on story in three domains: myself, others, and the community/organization/wider world.
- “A good story is the start of a deep inquiry.”
- The contribution of theatrical training can make to communication and telling stories.
- “Storytelling and leadership are performance arts and they need to be embodied.”
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More about Nick
Nick Owen is passionate about bringing skillful people together to create transformational learning events that deliver effective, long-term change. He has been supporting people, communities, and organizations to envisage and create their ‘stories’ for over 30 years. He has worked with senior executives and managers in some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, and with some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. He brings a unique combination of experience to bear: the discipline of the arts: as actor, theatre director, writer and storyteller; the discipline of many years working in L & D with corporate organizations and educational institutions; and the physical and mental discipline of elite level sport. He is author of three best-selling books on story and metaphor and deeply engaged in promoting the concept of ‘the Third Act’: how we can more pro-actively engage with ourselves and our communities in the last third of our lives.
The Show Notes