A story begins with a past, present, and future. A GREAT story involves all the details in between!
The metaphors that we use to describe our life matter. They can change our behavior or they can limit us. What metaphors will you use?
Malcolm X was a man of passion- strong and eloquent and on a journey of self-discovery during his last year of life. Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons was a young teenage girl, drawn to his search for truth and his ability to live into the story that he wanted for himself.
Two stories shape our lives: the stories we tell about ourselves, and the master social narrative that defines our relationships and roles within society. When people in marginalized groups offer what’s known as a “counter narrative,” they open up new worlds of possibility for themselves and others in their group.
Through a guided narrative process, management consultant and president of CCS Consulting Inc. can help executives discover their stories, re-author parts of those stories that are holding them back, and then share them effectively with their teams.
The heart of narrative therapy and coaching is “re-authoring,” also known as “creating a counter-narrative.” The premise of this approach is that a life doesn’t have just one story, it has many, and healthy choices can be made among them—a patient or client can re-think, revamp, restructure the story of his or her life.
As leaders get farther from where the real work of their organizations is being done, their understanding of what is happening on the ground diminishes and their language becomes more abstract. If executives hope to implement positive change in their organizations, they need to have a firm understanding of what life is like for lower-level employees.
The stories we tell ourselves—and others—can hold us back or propel us to new achievement. That’s why business executives increasingly are discovering the power of tapping into their own life stories.