What we can learn from trees about stories art of hosting makingadifference people in practice Aug 21, 2022

Last week at the Art of Hosting Practitioner's Gathering in Slovenia we talked a lot about what it takes to host others in their conversations that matter during turbulent times.

In the end, it doesn't matter if you have the most sophisticated tools in the world. These days, people are...

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Storycatching at the airport about stories crafting stories leadership mastery story as a map storycrafing Aug 04, 2022

Here I am at the airport again. It feels both tiring and wonderful. Tiring because I still need to build up my resilience for being around other people and wonderful because I'm off into some new adventures and I'll be performing one of the roles I love best -- StoryCatcher!

Every time you...

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When is it a story? about stories story evolution storycrafing Aug 02, 2022

One of the things I love about my online community THE STORY DOJO is that I get to introduce fabulous story people to my circle. Noa Baum joined us in February to tell stories about love and friendship and share= about how she creates them.

Of course there's lots of talk out...

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Getting clear on your significant stories about stories crafting stories life stories story as a map Jul 26, 2022

Have you ever stepped inside an elevator with others from a group or conference and found you needed to introduce yourself? What about that moment as your speech begins and the person introducing you has read out your professional bio, but you want to make a real connection to the audience?

We're...

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Is love a leadership capacity? about stories leadership learning edge makes me think Jul 14, 2022

If you listen more deeply to the conversations around you, what are the themes you're hearing? Yesterday I was in conversation with David Hutchens, who told me he's been thinking a lot about the conversations he's been part of and how he's beginning to muse on love as a leadership capacity.

I...

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What will mend the cracks? about stories future story makes me think story activism Jul 07, 2022

I am a naturally optimistic person. I have a spirit of hope inside me that still believes we can change prevailing storylines and create a human society that works for all. And at the same time, I am confronted with the very real challenges all around us, challenges that have their basis in some...

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What's the diamond inside you? about stories future story Apr 21, 2022

I'm finally on the road again in Europe after being grounded for the past two years in Ohio. Returning to familiar spots seems both familiar....and strange. 

On one hand I have the reassuring sense of something known. I know this sight, this smell, this taste, this sense of welcome. And...

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Story is the ultimate multitasking tool about stories collective wisdom leadership making meaning people in practice Mar 15, 2022

Today I was listening to Henri Lipmanowicsz and Keith McCandless tell part of the origin story of Liberating Structures. Henri made a compelling point that concepts are all very well and good, but for change to come, people need structures. So many people are not poor leaders by choice, but...

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It takes a story to change a story about stories future story makes me think story activism Mar 04, 2022
I had one of those sleepless nights. And I woke up in pain. I wondered -- am I old enough now that going to bed can be hazardous? 😳
 
This morning the osteopath told me everyone she'd seen so far today needed C1 adjustments -- that's right at the base of the skull/top of the spine -- even...
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What can we learn when we get curious about our stories? about stories art of hosting story as a map story as process partner Feb 22, 2022

As a leader, facilitator, process improvement manager, host of group meetings -- even as a colleague, friend or partner -- stories and storytelling are some of the most powerful partners you can have on your team.

During the first session of "BEYOND FACILITATION: Secrets of Extraordinary...

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Discovering the map of practice about stories art of hosting story as process partner story as the map Feb 17, 2022
What do you think of when you hear the word PRACTICE?
 
This quote from one of our cohort says it all for me: "For me, a practitioner means being on my growing edge - its a bit messy, full of questions and challenge, it requires a courageous willingness to try stuff out - to maybe fall...
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Is there enough love in the world? about stories future story makes me think Feb 13, 2022

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Is there enough love in the world?

Last December I was pondering that question. And I started wondering "Is there enough love in my life?" I love travelling and engaging with people. And now I've not been in a plane or in a group face to face for more than two...
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