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I use narrative as a contributor to healthy dynamics and business success in my consulting and workshop interventions.
The organisational story movement world-wide appears focused on the creation of an organisation's story for purposes of conveying its history and values in a way that appeals to, and forges an emotional connection with potential recruits, potential clients and other stakeholders. Or teaching leaders to tell stories that convince and persuade followers. In the narrative arena I often work together with Dorian Haarhoff (co-author of The Halo and the Noose)
We go beyond and follow a multi-dimensional approach aimed at using story-telling and story-listening in many different ways and contexts for different purposes. The common factor is to engage, involve, convey insights and stimulate meaningful conversations. Narrative plays many direct, indirect, obvious and subtle roles in contributing to business success in many more areas. Aids a shift from ‘noose’ (things that strangle, block, hold us hostage) to ‘halo’ (things that liberate, expand us). A healing process.
Scope of my activities:
(A 2013 Booz & Co report showed that 85% of CEOs and Executives believe that culture is critical to sustained success, and 96% think culture change is needed in their organisation. (Kuppler, Tim New Study: 96% Think Culture Change is Needed in Their Organization
I am an Associate of Change Partners, leading provider of executive coaching, and have been actively involved in business and life coaching for many years. Change Partners exemplorise the art, science and magic of coaching at the executive level.
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Workshops are a core activity. All workshops are processes rather than events. Prior to the workshop participants may be provided with reading matter and references as preparation. And after the workshops they have ongoing access with the facilitators for ongoing dialogue and support. And of course, the Halo and Noose website contains constantly new information and exercises to promote continual learning: newsletters, articles, other website resources. In some way all workshops are storytelling and listening interventions - whatever the subject matter (conflict management, sustainability, developing purpose and virtues, mindfulness practices .....)
A relatively new development for in-house clients is to offer a one - day workshop over a period of time. So, for example I will deliver four two-hour modules every Tuesday at 10:00 if the client finds this easier to manage and more convenient than a one-day eight - to - five workshop ...
Workshop Reviews and Clients
"Dorian and Graham, you make a formidable team and the synergy is palpable.
"It was an eye-opener and experience to listen and learn through stories. This course resonated with me at a very deep level. In addition to workplace application I am definitely transferring this learning to my family and all who will listen. It was life changing".
"This training program has opened my eyes to the abundant richness of an aspect of African culture which had not been sufficiently exploited in recent times. Who would have thought that simple Ananzi stories of the Akan ethnic group of Ghana, for example, are so full of wisdom and wisecracks to the extent that they could be used to enrich management decisions at the workplace. I commend this program to all organizations who are looking for innovative ways of training their human resource" - CEO, Business Council for Africa Accra, Ghana
“The workshop came at a perfect time. It was a good morale booster, team builder, as well as a motivation to do our own introspection”
“I thought that the sessions were great. Not only can I make use of what I have learned at work, but more so in my private life. I discovered that there are huge opportunities for personal growth”
"Our sincere thanks for running a very different workshop that gently accessed and dealt with deep responses"
"I found it inspirational yet practical. It will be so useful in my work and in my everyday life"
"You gave us really valuable tools. The ‘toolbox’ is full and now I have to go to the ‘workshop’ and ‘work’. Thank you for so much sharing"
"A very meaningful learning process – we have much work to do! Thank you"
"Dorian and Graham’s experiences and their endless stock of stories were mindboggling. We took away useful ideas for story-telling, and how to use this back in the both the workplace and home environment"
"Thank you for a fascinating time with you. It has opened up a whole new realm of thinking for me as to how I run my life, and how we communicate our business"
"This mind-map will be adapted as our road map for 2014" - Communications Manager, P&G
"Your approach is brilliant. I'm expanding on these ideas at meetings now"
"Thank your for an awesome and inspiring morning. Together you created a space for us to hold and unfold with seamless ease"
"It was such a special weekend and lovely to spend it with an amazing group of people. I came up with my first story in the shower this morning yippee, albeit three lines, it’s a start!!"
“Your stories, warmth and wisdom have touched us all. We are all the more richer for your presence”