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Managing Change through Creative Storytelling

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ANY COMPANY OR ORGANISATION THAT FAILS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUBSTANTIAL MAKE USE OF THE BENEFITS THAT STORY AND STORYTELLING CONTRIBUTE TO THE CREATIVE IMPLEMENTATION OF SOUND, VISIONARY PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES WILL STRUGGLE TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN THE TRUST, OPENNESS AND ON-GOING COMMITMENT NECESSARY FOR BUILDING AND SUSTAINING DEDICATED TEAMS AND TEAM PLAYERS WITHIN THE WORKPLACE.  A PRACTICAL UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF STORY AND STORYTELLING IS AN ESSENTIAL, THOUGH AN OFTEN OVER-LOOKED COMPONENT, OF ANY THOROUGH-GOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION, CONFLICT RESOLUTION, CHANGE-MANAGEMENT, INNOVATION STRATEGIES, AND INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONS ARE ENHANCED AND ILLUMINATED BY MEANS OF STORY.

 

 The flexibility, openness, resiliency and facility of any company to creatively navigate and manage change within the sphere of the workplace depends largely on the ability of its personnel to recognise, exploit  and  maximise opportunities for effective interaction whilst cultivating situations that work to increase the share-ability of experiences.

A shared vision is not the same as a vision shared; and the most effective way of uniting individuals into creative and innovative teams, galvanised by a common purpose, is by means of story.

Great leaders are invariably great storytellers.  All successful, dynamic companies and organisations are  elevated from the run-of-the-mill as a result of the stories they generate, stories that are vivid enough to act upon. 

A company or organisation is a culture to the extent that  it embodies a set of  understandings, attitudes and values to which all members of the culture subscribe and contribute. If it is to grow and flourish, the vision of the company or organization must be resilient and sensitive to change, and its talent for adaptation will find its articulation in a dynamic and living story through which its life and objectives are projected as well as continually refreshed and renewed. The essence of this dynamic is what we commonly understand by the word, "Drama". Indeed, companies - like stories - are elevated from the mediocre and mundane by their ability to effectively manage and direct the dramatic energies alive within the company and between the company and its clients and customers.  The same can be said of sports teams, schools, government agencies, social groups, and countries.  

Drama is NOT something to be avoided at all costs. One cannot squelch it without also losing or neutralising much of the creative energy and passion that make innovation and effective change possible. The question should never be: how do we get rid of the drama? but rather, in what ways might we conduct, manage and employ the energies of dramatic action to enhance the constructive, creative possibilities that lie dormant within the company's story and those individual stories that contribute to it?

Drama is intrinsic to the human condition and forever part of the life force of human affairs. Growth, experience and achievement of any kind are rarely attained without it. A lack of drama is what makes audiences, clients and employees lose interest and switch off. Hence, the pivotal question in the creation and critical evaluation of any commercial, artistic or strategic endeavour of merit is always :

WHERE'S THE DRAMA?

PHONE CONTACT :  Billy Marshall Stoneking    61 2 (0)437864487  

 

WRITERS, PRODUCERS, WRITER/DIRECTORS, ACTORS, POETS, JOURNOS & OTHERS 

TEST DRIVE YOUR STRY IDEAS / SCRIPTS AT THIS FREE SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

10 WEEKS AT ABSOLUTLELY NO COST!  /  STARTS Monday 5th September 2016 from 10 am - 1 pm

VENUE: SIFA - Sydney Institute Film Academy (Randwick TAFE) Building B Level 1, Room 122

Meets every Monday for 10 weeks.  

SEND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST VIA EMAIL TO BILLY MARSHALL STONEKING 

or to ANTHONY MCGANN  or call 0347 864 487

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 CASTING THE STORY - THE BEGINNING OF LEADERSHIP

Creating an innovative, passionate and resilient team is not unlike coming up with a compelling story, and effectively casting the right people with the right chemistry to enact it. So what sort of characters is your story (organisation, business, enterprise) looking for? More likely than not, if you asked them, they probably tell you they are seeking employment in a workplace "with an environment where I feel comfortable, where I am not going against any of the things I value in my life."   They might also say they are looking for a sense of connection, being a part of a group of people who are as passionate about what they are doing as I am. As well, they will be motivated by a desire to be involved in creating, co-ordinating and playing a meaningful part in events that have a creative aspect, which provide a sense that the work they are doing and the way they do it, is respected.

Feeling that one is part of a team of friendly, generous and visionary collaborators, who feel absolutely honoured and thrilled to be working together is fundamental to the success of any team, whether in sports, politics or business.