Stories, Your Vision And The Impact On Behavior.
How do you communicate a vision strong enough to create leaders throughout your organization? A strong vision allows team leaders to make decisions that align with company goals. A strong vision will enable teams to feel purpose in the work they contribute. If you want to create a strong enough vision that inspires your teams to take action, think about using stories.
As technology and communication methods progress, it’s becoming more important to talk succinctly through all channels effectively. However, this isn’t always so easy. With so much new technology, you might think communication has become easier. Instead, we see the need to perfect the classic communication methods like storytelling becoming more vital to success.
So why storytelling?
There are dozens of great reasons to use storytelling to communicate your vision. Culture, respect, relatability are some of the most obvious. However, at its core, implementing a storytelling technique to communicate can ensure transparency within the company. It is also the most likely method to have your teams adopt and absorb what your vision is.
For thousands of years, stories have been used to convey messages. Stories as old as time still get passed on, stories of Greek heroes and gods are still retold today. Parables such as the Tortoise and the Hair are still used to teach our children. No other form of communication has had such a lasting impact. Television, Movies, Radio, Books, all media forms utilize stories because they engage us, touch our emotions and can drive us to action.
Stories reach all learners. They engage our imagination, making learning both auditory and visual, even when no visual aids are used. Listen to a good audiobook, and you’ll see the story in your mind.
In 2012, Emory University did research involving metaphors. When subjects read a metaphor involving texture, the sensory cortex, responsible for perceiving texture through touch, became active. Metaphors like “The sunlight was like a warm bath” activated the sensory cortex, while statements like “The sun was nice” did not.
By engaging in stories, you activate your team’s brains in areas they would use if they had experienced the situation. That’s powerful when trying to impact behaviour or develop empathy in future leaders.
Stories Stick with you.
Stories make facts more memorable. Psychologist Jerome Bruner’s research suggests that facts are 20 times more likely to be remembered if they’re part of a story. If you’re looking to pass along best practices or help teams avoid problems, stories will allow them to remember the cause and effect needed for sound decision making. Keith Oatley, an emeritus professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, proposed, “that reading produces a vivid simulation of reality, one that runs on minds of readers just as computer simulations run on computers.”
You literally get to download new knowledge into your team’s brains!
Your teams are more likely to apply the new knowledge to new situations because they already experienced how the facts relate to the world in a story. Stories allow that connection to happen naturally.
Your vision and goals become tangible. Your team can emotionally buy-in to a story, and they can see themselves as part of the journey, they can be part of the story, be one of the heroes. Everyone wants to be a hero.
So how do you use stories?
1. Define your problem or critical point.
You can use past experience to define the problem. Maybe it’s a product launch, explain how your team was stuck in a past launch. Describe the emotion, not just the facts of the situation.
2. Create a journey, real or fictitious, both are powerful.
Explain how you worked through the problem, talk about the obstacles, talk about how the team struggled or came together.
3. Explain the solution.
Explain the win or the loss. If its a win, why, how, and what created the win. If it’s a loss, explain what you would do differently in reference to a time in the story.
Follow that simple outline, and you’ll impact your team at a deeper level. You’ll communicate your vision in a stronger more relatable way.
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