Friday, June 4, 2021


 Isn’t a tough journey to celebrate 7800 blogposting - to pursue the digital way of brainstorming, innovating and story-telling.

Leadership is the ability to influence, the power of influence has many dimensions and depends on a number of factors such as authenticity, vision, innovation, communication, intelligence, etc.

 Forethoughtful leaders are able to clarify vision, instill purpose, provide clear directions, and tell compelling stories to inspire teams to realize what they want to achieve, and improve their leadership effectiveness and maturity. A good story has the following attributes:

Negotiable: Modern business and society become more complex and interdependent than ever, leadership is about steering people and organizations in the right directions by sharing a clear vision via persuasive communication. It is critical that communication needs to be directly related to your audience situation, how it affects them; and if needed, make relentless negotiations. People are different, not because we look different, but because we think different. we don't have the same grasp of truth unless we can accept similar wholeness of our inner self. The constant negotiation between our essence and our projection leads to growth, creativity, and human evolution.

Great leaders should have a strong influence, facilitation, negotiation and collaboration skills. They can tell an inspirational story, discover common ground, show empathy, construct a collaborative vision, set negotiation guiding principles which emphasizes fairness, professionalism, progressiveness, etc, motivate people to deliver high-performance results and unleash their potential. Negotiation could be even more complex at the age of information abundance, with all sorts of tricks or treats, crunchy data & hidden cost, etc, remediation, revision, and renegotiation should always be options. Leaders need to listen before talking, learn before doing, assertiveness would be involved in inquiry and negotiation dialogues, and hopefully, through mastering the different styles of conversation, they can grow themselves and grow more and more influential leaders...

A good story can touch the heart and connect the mind. Inspirational stories need to be true and updated, to reflect the vision of great leaders, so they need to keep checking their gut, their heart, and their mind: What drives me to become a leader? What does my audience want to see in me? What’s the connection between the theories I learn and what happens in the real world? Does the knowledge I learn have already outdated as the world has changed with much faster speed? Do I truly understand my audience, and do they know who I am, really? Etc. At times, when we lack true understanding, only want to see things from our own point of view, see what we want to see, or hear what we want to hear, often we miss the point to tell a persuasive story. Understanding is beautiful because the ear that listens only receives sound waves but nevertheless sound results as knowledge

It is important to tell the people-centric story; and also invite people to tell their own unique story about change as well. Assumptions and prejudices are due to lack of deeper understanding or conventional wisdom. People's beliefs and values are normally distilled through a long process of cumulating, socio-culturally and organizationally. Everything has more than one side and you have to master them all, including assumptions. The more complex the situation is, the more different approaches and role gaming is needed to reach for understanding. Understand different perspectives without pushing toward the one that you think is the truth. Communication should tailor your audience, so the solution lies in changing what’s the goal of communication and how the message is delivered. Therefore, a good story is to evoke more questions to deepen understanding, to unify for collaborative and innovative problem-solving.

Verifiable: Communication is not for its own sake, but to convey the vision, build trustworthy relationships and drive desired changes. The data support story is not only inspiring but also motivating people to fill the performance gaps, and taking a structural approach to make continuous business improvement. It does not mean telling someone how to do it your way, but about giving them enough information to figure out how to do it their way.

“Trust but verify"; keep communication flow with verification. A good information-based story shouldn’t stifle creativity, but in fact, allow people to ask interesting questions and expect to get information based answers, and spark innovation to reach the “art of possible.” Good leaders analyze and synthesize their life stories with verifiable information, historical lessons, mixing special ingredients with secret sources to create unique stories to touch their audience persuasively.

Good communication is based on expertise, contextual understanding, and deep insight. Effective communicators are working to spread that throughout the organization in a diverse set of activities with mixed communication styles, and sometimes, they have to be fluent in multiple business dialects, with contextual intelligence to avoid “lost in translation.” In an innovative and progressive culture, open communication with compelling story telling generates a digital vibe to keep people awake, engaged and informed, inspire change, engage the variety of audience to drive transformative change relentlessly.


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