The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell PDF ✓ Stories


The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell Very impactful and readily employed uick read that brings to the front of ones mind the proper way to get your point across through stories specifically in business Nothing terribly surprising though a good reminder What stories do I need to tell?To paraphrase Smith telling the ‘right’ story is important than telling it ‘right’ “The best leaders start by choosing the right stories to tell” And in 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell Smith shows how to select the ‘right’ story for the situationSelecting the right story to tell was brought home to me just this week when I was asked to introduce the Regional Manager of a major bank at a fund raising function for an international cycling event in my hometown in New Zealand As MC’s often do I started with “It gives me great pleasure to introduce ” Then I paused And paused for what seemed like an eternity and then followed with “When you hear speakers say ‘It gives me great pleasure to introduce ’ I wonder does it really give them great pleasure – do you think so?” There was some general smiles and laughter after which I continued with “Some people may have heard the old saying of ‘running away to join the circus’ well I ran away not to join the circus but to join the bank – this bank In fact I stayed there for 17 years – 17 of the best years of my professional career And to top it off five of my family also worked for this bank So on behalf of tonight’s organising committee and the Selden clan it does in fact give me great pleasure to introduce Adrian van Dyk Regional Manager for Westpac”Smith suggests that every good leadership story should include a time a place and a main character – simple hints and easy to follow You’ll see that my story of introducing Adrian above has all three of these elementsWhen you recall some of the great stories you’ve heard from an inspirational leader it’s easy to relate to Smith’s explanation of why you remember them so readily and why they were so impactful They connect emotions with facts; they’re timeless; everyone has a story to tell no matter who you are or where you are from; facts are remembered through stories; when they’re good they’re shared with others; and finally they are inspirationalAs you would expect the book is well written the stories are well crafted and told and most importantly each of the 10 are excellent examples of how to select the right story for the right occasion And they are everyday examples of how to select something that you’ve experienced and craft it into a story to suit one of the 10 areas of leadership outlined by the authorThere’s a ‘How to’ at the end of each chapter and a detailed checklist at the end of the bookAt this point I have an admission to make I reviewed one of Paul Smith’s first books Lead with A Story and it has been an inspiration to me in my leadership journey over recent years So much so that my soon to be published What To Do When Leadership Is Needed a book that shows leaders how to craft stories to run team meetings is based on 25 storiesI recommend this book to all managers who wish to become leaders – telling appropriate stories will help you uickly progress on your leadership journey Oh and if you’ve not read some of Paul Smith’s other books on story telling get hold of them now They are well worth the investment The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell by Paul Smith will show you how to pick the best stories to enhance your leadership See my full review at The little book that couldAs leaders one of the most important ways to clarify your ideas and inspire is through stories While other books dive into the structure of a good story this book aims to distill what types of stories are powerful Is it a marketing strategy or a hiring story? Read The 10 stories great leaders tell in order to learn the differences For a free book on the Kindle Web Store its definitely worth a read however I found the book even though it was a uick read insanely repetitive Each chapter was formulaic and followed this structureIntroduce a concept why the usual route does not work people are bored by graphs a story which outlines the concept and hey presto don't you as a reader feel empowered? Plus a few ideas on how to get started with your storyMaybe if I was American and was an executive having to sell an idea then maybe this book would come in handy but as a Joe Bloggs beginning their career not for me and clearly I am the wrong audience so in that regards this book has a very very specific audience Every great leader is a great storyteller As a manager CEO or team leader how can you innovatively engage your employees so that they understand where your organization came from where it's going and how you're going to get there How can you connect with your customers in a way that makes them believe in your company as passionately as you do Paul Smith is one of the world's leading experts in business storytelling He teaches people how to be effective leaders by communicating their company's important mission inspiring creativity and earning the trust of valued stakeholders The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell explores the journey behind success and breaks down not just the importance of your company's story but how to craft compelling ones of your own Some good insights on the power of stories story telling though pretty thin on content overall A few good ideas uotes Giving it 2 12 stars in my Reading Log A good reminder that stories are powerful and moveinspire much better than fact filled PowerPoint presentationsor the dreaded monologue of facts propositional statements Got cheap via BookBub; read on my Kindle Good read great story examples I think it has some important takeaways from a leadership perspective Fairly short though could probably have been an article I also think the last section a short section on the art of storytelling itself was written a bit lazily and briefly uick practical bookYou'll have you homework laid out for you afterwardsIt's not incredibly deep my guess it was designed not to solve everything but to keep everything simple enough


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About the Author: Paul Smith

PAUL SMITH is director of Consumer & Communications Research at The Procter & Gamble Company and a highly rated leadership and communications trainer for P&G’s management training colleges He is the author of Lead with a Story A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate Convince and Inspire