We warm up, get everyone attuned to one another and sharpen their group focus, in a series of improv activities.
We help you analyze your current storytelling strategies, tactics, and practices, and look at organizational effectiveness in terms of bigSTORY metrics. We look at any current communication dysfunctions, and help you move toward remedies.
We agree on big stories that are most likely to affect your organization in the coming year, and suggest ways to participate in them. Or minimize their impact. We define the essential bigSTORY concept for our afternoon session: the relationship between games and stories.
A one-hour lunch will be accompanied by a series of videos and playful activities that give participants further insights into the power of stories to shape the future. They will learn of the crucial, highly-consequential differences between told AT people and stories told WITH people.
The second half of the Our Story Begins workshop focuses on the ‘how’ of your organizational storytelling process.
The simplest answer to how you’ll achieve your organization’s vision is that it will most likely be in a way you hadn’t foreseen. You will adapt. Pivot. Improvise. Capitalize on unexpected opportunities. Detour around unanticipated roadblocks. You need the engines that will drive your story toward your vision, no matter what kinds of twists and turns it takes. Script your story and you’ll be off-script in a month. Design the engines that drive it, and you’ll hold your focus no matter what kinds of adjustments you have to make.
In the second half of the workshop, participants will learn how to design and implement our ERGO story engines. ERGO stands for Environment / Roles / Guidelines / Objective. Working in teams, participants will design ERGO story engines for at least three business objectives (the ‘O’ in the ERGO).
We will then play through scenarios that give people practice in modifying their ERGO designs in order to adapt to unexpected opportunities and challenges. You will learn how to change the game before it changes you.
We conclude the workshop with questions and reflections, and one final activity with the full group–a group dedication to the good work we’ve done together that day.