Great leaders are great storytellers.
Stories create emotional engagement, individual and team commitment to stretching objectives, and nurture the desire to act in ways that logical and rational argument rarely effects.
At their heart, stories are simple morality tales, helping us to make sense of our complex and uncertain worlds. Using stories in our working environments engages our emotions, triggering a sense of purpose, engagement and capability. The more resonant the story, the stronger our sense of conviction. Whether helping teams to respond constructively and courageously to the challenges of Covid-19, introducing new working practices and business models, or winning business, storytelling helps to inspire and mobilise.
Tongues In Trees offers two powerful storytelling programmes.
Storytelling In Vision
This half-day programme explores the links between neurology and archetypal story structures, shows how weaving storytelling into everyday interactions increases personal impact, persuasiveness and mutual understanding, and workshops stories for participants to apply in practice. Linked to specific leadership and team challenges the programme is designed both for individuals wishing to hone their storytelling techniques, and for teams looking to collaborate and perform more effectively together. The sessions are creative, immersive and interactive, using a range of real-play situations to put the techniques into fast practice.
Based on graphic novel storytelling techniques this unique programme uses sets of dramatic visual frames and templates and tasks teams with producing their own graphic novels. These sessions can focus on particular challenges faced by teams - such as creating an innovation culture, engaging with organisational change or conflict management - and the solutions that emerge in their stories are often then put into practice.
The sessions also highlight how the actions and decisions of individual team members are dictated by their own stories. Armed with this understanding team members learn how to perform more collaboratively.