Great exploration by Jonathan Marks of my perspective on the difference between story and narrative
As the Big Shift drives us into a world of scalable learning, opportunity based narratives can help us mobilize a much broader group of participants on a set of questions and opportunities so that we can all learn faster by working together. This kind of narrative is rarely used in business today. Those who master this form of narrative have the potential to create significant advantage by accelerating learning while at the same time differentiating themselves from companies still mired in self-important “Grand Narratives.
How To Stay Sane: The Art of Revising Your Inner Storytelling ]I would say we need to go beneath our stories to uncover the deeper narrative shaping our choices and our lives
Narrative and passion are becoming increasingly central to performance at all levels – individual, institution and ecosystem. But are they completely separate topics or are they related in some way? I believe they’re deeply related and that, together, they amplify performance improvement in powerful ways.
I still believe there’s a powerful distinction to be made between stories and narratives as I’ve defined them and that we diminish our impact by just focusing on stories. At the end of the day, we can disagree on semantics and what to call the two entities that I’m describing – perhaps there are better terms, but I’ve not yet heard anyone suggest viable alternatives. Call them “bloop” and “bleep” for all I care. My key point is that, whatever we call them, we need to pay attention to the distinction. As an optimist, I’d like to be believe that many of my “critics” would embrace my perspective if I can further clarify misunderstandings that give the impression of disagreement.
Narratives are not just “nice to have.” They are increasingly the foundation that will drive business success. Those who master this opportunity will be able to harness increasing returns while those who don’t will remain trapped in the purgatory of diminishing returns until the inevitable collapse. Narratives harness the power of pull in ways that almost nothing else can – especially that third, and most powerful, level of pull: achieving more of our potential. With narratives, small moves, smartly made, can indeed set very big things in motion. Will you join me? It’s up to you.
I am always inspired by Jack Andraka’s awesome story - 15 year old develops cancer breakthrough
Incredibly inspirational story about a woman who overcame adversity to become an entrepreneur
Playing with memory - re-consolidation of memories and the role of stories
It’s the journey that makes you. It’s the journey that forces you to learn and stretch and grow and accumulate confidence and self-esteem