Posted by: healingtheworkplace | June 16, 2010

Need to Rebuild Trust in Your Workplace? Tell Stories!

Hi, storytelling fascinates me and I’ve always believed that each of us has a story to tell. The trick is to find one’s “voice”. Storytelling comes naturally to some but for others it is more of a struggle.

Storytelling is as old as the proverbial “hills” and has been used for centuries as a means of transmitting culture, history and traditions from one generation to the next.

Now storytelling is a “hot ticket item” in leadership circles. It is being called a “non traditional approach to leadership”.

There are lots of books and articles about how to use storytelling in organizations. Toastmasters International even provides training on how to use stories to enhance your speeches. Check out www.toastmasters.org

The most important thing to remember is to BE YOURSELF and tell your story in your own unique way.

Using other people’s stories can be useful but these won’t have the same powerful effect as if you told your own story.

What I’m really interested is how stories can be used to help rebuild trust in organizations. Remember that once trust is broken it is really, really difficult to rebuild.

So, I’m going to do some research and report back next time on how this might work in your organization. I’ve also got a free publication, to share with you, on storytelling in workplace communities.

Stay tuned!
Lesley

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