Story Pros: David Hutchens–Creating knowledge through stories

screen-shot-2016-02-01-at-12-11-33-pm-e1454357592204-250x250David Hutchens, organizational story expert and best-selling author of Circle of the 9 Muses talks about how companies can create knowledge more effectively using stories that support learning and meaning-making.

In this interview, we build on our previous Vital Presence Interview #69  with David exploring how storytelling serves organizational learning.

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You can also find it on the Vital Presence podcast on Itunes, episode 81.

 

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Quotes from the interview:

“There’s a geography of meaning when a story is told, there is meaning all around that story. There’s the meaning that you bring with you. As the teller, there’s the meaning inside the story – the text – and then there’s the meaning that’s in front of the story [the connections that people draw from the story that get drawn out in dialogue.]”

From the Show

  • How we need stories for sense-making in a changing world that is becoming less predictable.
  • Why it can be useful to look for examples of positive deviance.
  • How to support your audience’s listening by giving them a job.
  • Why we need “question literacy”: –finding the questions that will lead us into to the future.
  • How to set up a strategic story session for knowledge creation.

About My Guest

David Hutchens is a bestselling author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. He served as chairman of Storytelling in Organizations, a special interest group of the globally renowned National Storytelling Network.

He speaks to organizations and leadership teams all around the world on the topic of storytelling as an organizational capacity.  His new book is “Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers,”  Wiley & Sons 2015

He is creator of the Learning Fables — a book series that uses narrative and metaphor to illustrate principles of organizational learning. With titles that include “Outlearning the Wolves” and “Shadows of the Neanderthal,” the popular business fables have sold more than a quarter-million copies in over a dozen languages.

He is author of the book “A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling,” which features a foreword by Stephen M.R. Covey.

In partnership with The Conference Board, he is creator and lead facilitator of The Team USA Leadership Experience, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs; and he also facilitates The Apollo Leadership Experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products, David’s work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development’s “Training Product of the Year” award; ASTD’s prestigious “Excellence in Practice” award; Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.

David’s newest product is “GO Team: Powering Teams to Perform,” a just-in-time team training resource. GO Team’s library of 18 team-related topics allows you to build your own learning agenda tailored to your team’s needs.

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David’s book: Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers

David’s website:   www.davidhutchens.com

Story Pros: David Hutchens—Using stories to help organizations learn

screen-shot-2016-02-01-at-12-11-33-pm-e1454357592204-250x250Best selling author David Hutchens, author of The Circle of the 9 Muses talks about how storytelling in business supports learning and meaning-making.

In this interview, we talk about some of the processes and practices used by leading organizational story practitioners highlighted in the book.

And, we talk about things near and dear to my heart – helping organizations learn and empowering people’s voices in organizations, communities and groups by recognizing and appreciating their stories.

 

Here’s the entire interview:

 

You can also find it on the podcast on Itunes, episode 69

 

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And please leave a rating and review!

About My Guest

David Hutchens is a bestselling author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. He served as chairman of Storytelling in Organizations, a special interest group of the globally renowned National Storytelling Network.

He speaks to organizations and leadership teams all around the world on the topic of storytelling as an organizational capacity.  His new book is “Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers,”  Wiley & Sons 2015

He is creator of the Learning Fables — a book series that uses narrative and metaphor to illustrate principles of organizational learning. With titles that include “Outlearning the Wolves” and “Shadows of the Neanderthal,” the popular business fables have sold more than a quarter-million copies in over a dozen languages.

He is author of the book “A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling,” which features a foreword by Stephen M.R. Covey.

In partnership with The Conference Board, he is creator and lead facilitator of The Team USA Leadership Experience, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs; and he also facilitates The Apollo Leadership Experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products, David’s work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development’s “Training Product of the Year” award; ASTD’s prestigious “Excellence in Practice” award; Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.

David’s newest product is “GO Team: Powering Teams to Perform,” a just-in-time team training resource. GO Team’s library of 18 team-related topics allows you to build your own learning agenda tailored to your team’s needs.

Quotes from the interview:

“There’s a geography of meaning when a story is told, there is meaning all around that story. There’s the meaning that you bring with you. As the teller, there’s the meaning inside the story – the text – and then there’s the meaning that’s in front of the story [the connections that people draw from the story that get drawn out in dialogue.]”

From the Show

  • How there is a geography of meaning around a story.
  • The relationship of storytelling to organizational learning.
  • An example of “twice told stories” – a very useful tool (as I can vouch for!) for pulling stories from groups.
  • The power of listening for stories that have not yet been received by a group (i.e. from the margins) but may include great gifts for the group.

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David’s book: Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers

David’s website:   www.davidhutchens.com

Managing from the heart with Arun Wakhlu

screen-shot-2016-01-25-at-7-19-58-pm-250x250As chairman of Pragati Leadership in Pune, India, Arun Wakhlu has been helping leaders in India and around the world connect to a deeper consciousness while generating results.  In this interview, he talks about how he’s able to bring insights from various spiritual and wisdom traditions into the heart of his consulting. Arun is author of Managing from the Heart.

Here’s the entire interview:

You can also find it on the podcast on Itunes, episode 41

 

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About My Guest

Mr. Arun Wakhlu is the Founder Chairman of the spiritually inspired leadership education and consulting firm Pragati Leadership Institute Pvt Ltd., based in Pune, India. He has been an active contributor and innovator in the areas of HRD and Individual and Organizational Transformation with over 25 years experience in these fields. Arun is also the Founder Director of the Pune based Non-Governmental Organization “Pragati Foundation”.

A pioneer in the area of integrating Spirituality with Leadership and Development, Arun has designed and facilitated many innovative leadership development programs for leaders in leading Indian and International organisations like HLL, BP, Castrol, Philips, Wartsila Corp., HDFC, Maersk Sealand, Tata BP Solar, several organizations in the Tata and Aditya Birla Groups, ICICI Prudential, Ranbaxy Labs & Dabur to name a few. He has been active in developing Leadership Educators, Trainers, Teachers and Development Professionals. He has successfully piloted an innovative international Senior Leadership Development Programme for a global oil company using a new approach.

Besides Leaders in the Corporate Sector, Arun has tirelessly contributed to the Development of school teachers and Principals, Government Officials, including Senior IAS Officers and DEA team of the MOF, NGO Leaders and staff, grassroots’ activists, Ashoka Fellows, educators of challenged children, Rotarians, members of the YPO, Womens’ Groups and many students. He has given numerous invited talks and is a much sought after speaker.

Author of the award winning book “Managing from the Heart”, Arun has published more than 30 papers and co-authored four other books. He has helped pioneer the new paradigms of “Wholesome Development” and “Wholesome Leadership”….Spiritually inspired Development and Leadership for inner and outer freedom and wholeness leading to prosperity with peace. These paradigms were developed along with his father Prof. Dr. Omkar N. Wakhlu.

Quotes from the interview:

“If you build your castle on sand, someday it’s going to crumble.  But if you build your life on the bedrock of eternal values, your life with have a definite quality.”

On speaking to the needs of his executive clients.  You may like chocolate, but “put a worm on the line rather than a chocolate if you want to fish.”

“When you let go of trying to become somebody, you become nobody, and when you allow yourself to be nobody you become everybody.”

 

From the Show

  • The relationship between the Bhagavad Gita and improvisational theatre.
  • How Pragati uses an appreciative approach in dealing with difficult matters like government corruption.
  • What is wholesome leadership – and how it represents a wholistic approach to business.
  • How Arun engages executives with questions of deeper purpose.

The Show Notes

 

Learn more about Arun at www.pragatileadership.com.

Check out his book Managing from the Heart

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