My kids love it when I read stories to them. At 10 and 12, they still negotiate the best story each night and snuggle down while I read it.
You see, us humans are hard wired to enjoy story-telling. We remember them, we engage with them, we just love them. Before the written word, most history was handed down through stories and songs. As humans we're good at stories.
It's a shame that in business, stories are not used more.
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Recently I was at two birthday celebrations for separate clients - one turning four and the other fifteen. At each event, a pivotal person from the founding team shared the story of how they got started. Everyone in both cases was enthralled - laughing at the funny times and nodding at the recall of those pivotal moments. And people learnt a lot - they learnt about what was important through the decisions made, and how not-so-good things were dealt with.
How are you using stories in your People and Culture or HR?
Think about using them to:
People love stories, and are good at them, so use them to good effect.
If we know that people love stories, then using them when we interact with people at work just makes sense. What's more, they have the power to take what can be very dull and boring HR and add a bit of spice and engagement to the mix.
You never know, your team may be like my kids - engaged, excited and waiting eagerly for the next story!