Once upon a time, narrative was the word used to describe the compelling storytelling that garnered Oscars, made box-office hits, churned out literary page-turners and even underpinned brilliant business plans. But definitions change: These days the very same word is used to describe something that’s simply not true. Increasingly, narrative means a sequence of facts [ more » ]
Still Firing, but with feeling
Just like the sending and receiving of Christmas cards, the distribution of pink slips or redundancy notices terminating employment within any company is a ritual that follows complex rules. Nevertheless, firing triggers powerful feelings of anxiety and exclusion, providing managers with some of their toughest communication challenges. The firing process can be outsourced and impersonalised, [ more » ]
Playing Investors’ Rules on the Rubber Chicken Circuit
This blog post was originally published on LinkedIn April 6 2016. You can find it here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/playing-investors-rules-rubber-chicken-circuit-richard-house/edit For politicians, talking while others eat comes with the territory. But entrepreneurs must sometimes do the same, as they play a financial dating game with buy-side analysts and investment fund managers. These managers are paid to size up [ more » ]
A Brazilian billionaire with more chutzpah than true charisma
Keeping a car in your living room might sound like a weird aesthetic judgement — even if the vehicle is worth US$1.3 million and judged by many to be a work of art and the most desirable of all super-cars for the super-rich. But if you lived in Brazil, a country with one of the [ more » ]
Could the right colour help your brand to project Charisma ?
Ever wondered if there is a colour associated with success in business? Could use of colour really influence the fortunes of companies, and might it be true that companies of similar size, industry sector or even geography tend to use the same colours in their corporate identity and branding? The answer is yes, yes, and [ more » ]
Corporate Storytelling: the Wave or Particle Theory?
In school, teachers ask us to imagine that electricity is both a wave passing through material such as a copper wire, and the agitation of static copper particles within the wire. When it comes to understanding the function of storytelling inside organisations, the same teaching could be helpful. No story works without a narrative, or [ more » ]