Archives For story

Quick note: I’ll most likely be away from the computer today dealing with personal issues. In my absense, Dan Black will be responding to comments until I return.

Every interaction a leader has with their followers leaves an impression. This may be good or bad. Great leaders leave more positive impressions than negative impressions.

We should be striving to lead greatly.

Image by Kevlyn Skee

Image by Kelvyn Skee

So, in what ways can leaders leave an impression on their followers?

There’s many ways great leaders can leave an impression on their followers. Different followers will respond differently and you may not see the results right away, if at all. It’s wise to evaluate your followers and see how they respond to certain stimuli.

As you’re implementing these strategies to impact your followers keep in mind they may not respond how you want them to. That’s okay. Take the feedback given and change the way you’re influencing them.

We’re story driven beings. From the beginning, stories have been told to pass on vital information.

Somewhere along the line we’ve moved from influential stories to basic facts. And basic facts don’t capture our imagination quite like a great story.

StoryCorps Bus

Image By Steven Depolo

We know leadership is really influence. Influence is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

And there’s no better way to influence someone than by telling better stories.

Stories have a way of soaking deep into our subconscious. Implanting the narrative, readying it for quick retrieval when we need it.

How Story Works

Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation.
– Joseph Campbell

Conferences are a great way to increase your knowledge and leadership potential. They bring together the best of the best to share their knowledge with you.

Bryan Allain did just that with the Killer Tribes conference in Nashville, TN.

Killer Tribes Conference

As I’ve already planned for my one big conference of the year, I had to miss Killer Tribes. Thankfully, Bryan had the foresight to record the conference and offer it to those that missed it.

I couldn’t be more grateful. The lineup Bryan put together was amazing. Men and women like:

  • Jeff Goins
  • Jon Acuff
  • Mark Hughes
  • Tamara Lunardo
  • Sarah Mae

The knowledge they shared was inspiring, motivational, and informative. Once, only available live at the conference, you can own the recordings.

Bryan offered two audio packages. Both are jam packed with goodness.

The standard Killer Tribes conference audio package includes talks from:

Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram Content Group

Skip Prichard, CEO of Ingram Content Group

Today marks the start of what I hope will be a great series of interviews. I will be sharing interviews that I have done with exceptional leaders and the insights that they have shared with me.

I hope you will enjoy the first installment as I interview Skip Prichard, blogger and CEO of Ingram Content Group.

1. Joseph Lalonde: Would you mind telling my readers a little about yourself? Hobbies, aspirations, family, why you do what you do, etc…

Skip Prichard: I have to admit I stared at this question the longest.  I’ve never been comfortable talking about myself.  When I launched my leadership blog in late December, I had to write an “About Skip” section.  I was really pleased with how it read.  And then some good friends weighed in saying, “Skip, you wrote all about your company and not a thing about yourself.”  So, I rewrote it and made it more personal.  It felt about as difficult as writing this to you.

And there came a day, a day unlike any other… when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat… to fight the foes no single superhero could withstand… on that day, The Avengers were born.
– Nick Fury

 

Last Friday Marvel released their blockbuster hit The Avengers. It opened to rave reviews and has broken box office records.

But that’s not all. It tells the story Earth’s mightiest heroes.

The last couple of years we have seen the individual stories of the Avengers. Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor have all stared in their own movies and faced battles that only they could win.

There is a new threat. These great superheroes are faced with a challenge none of them can defeat by themselves. Thus, Nick Fury has formed the Avengers Initiative. A team of what is to be Earth’s mightiest heroes. A team that the world needs desperately.