2014 Holiday Story: A Scary Little Christmas Tale

Click here to view this holiday story as an interactive card.  To turn the pages, use the arrow keys or hover your mouse over the right corners. “Ho! Ho! Ho!” We thought Santa’s visit at the neighborhood holiday party would be fun for our two-year-old daughter, Abby. To our surprise, she was not enchanted … She was terrified. She crawled Continue reading

From the Inside Out: A Story-bite about Neutralizing Adversaries

When I was in graduate school, I worked as the Nutrition Coordinator for an Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehab program associated with the university I attended. It was a fairly new position in the organization without a lot of structure and process in place. Bright-eyed, naïve, and optimistic, I brought forward a lot of new ideas to enhance and expand the nutrition Continue reading

Bricks, Walls, Cathedrals: A Story-bite to Lead with Vision

A man came upon a construction site where three people were working.  He asked the first, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am laying bricks.” He asked the second, “What are you doing?” and the man replied: “I am building a wall.” As he approached the third, he heard him humming a tune as he worked, and Continue reading

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand: A Story-bite about the Important Things in Life

A teacher walks into a classroom and sets a glass jar on the table. He silently places 2-inch rocks in the jar until no more can fit. He asks the class if the jar is full and they agree it is. He says, “Really,” and pulls out a pile of small pebbles, adding them to the jar, shaking it slightly Continue reading

He Who Beats His Horse: A Story-bite to Overcome Resistance

My colleague, Annette Simmons, shared an insightful story:  A new supervisor, who had been promoted for her track record in delivering outstanding results, was getting resistance from her team for being over-controlling and harsh in her feedback. Her manager was receiving feedback from disgruntled team members — mutiny was brewing. In their next 1:1 update, he shared with her some Continue reading

It’s Like a First Date: A Story-bite that Drives Focus

In the process of changing to a new budgeting process, my client called a meeting to bring alignment between different factions in preparation for a presentation to the executive team. One team had created a budget proposal, while another team had been challenged to assess the proposed budget against strategic priorities and identify gaps. As the meeting started, tension was Continue reading

Not the Pencil, It’s the Window: A Story-bite that Leads to Deeper Understanding

In the midst of a chaotic episode of office politics, my boss said to me, “Jean, you need to understand, it’s not the pencil, it’s the window.” As I stood puzzled, she explained the story. Eva and Ron were peers in a company, but Eva had a cubicle with a window. If this wasn’t enough, Ron also felt that Eva Continue reading