‘StoryWork goes beyond telling … it is about listening, telling and co-creating stories.‘

StoryWork goes beyond pure storytelling. It is based on deep listening to stories that surface in the narratives of others, and the process of creating stories collaboratively. Thus, StoryWork becomes a powerful vehicle driving new forms of awareness and authenticity in leadership and collaboration.

What does listening mean for leadership and facilitation? There are different dimensions of listening. Most of the time, we focus on cognitive listening, i.e. listening with the power of our intellect. There is nothing wrong about that but we might miss out essential elements that are hidden behind the cognitive aspects of a story. In this workshop, you will learn how to access other dimensions like empathetic and generative listening. Becoming more aware of these elements allows you to sense the mood of a group, catching tensions in an early stage and prepare the terrain for co-creative work.

In any team, individuals experience the struggle between the desire to be seen and not to be seen. The role of leaders and facilitators is essential in setting the frame. It is the authenticity of their individual story, which inspires and connects people, provides a safety net, and shows them their own identity as a human being. Those stories that facilitators and leaders tell decide about the quality and the depth of the operating space of the group. That is why our workshop emphasizes on shaping and telling your True Story.

The third pillar of StoryWork is creating. You will experience how to creatively connect with a group for crafting a collective story. You will find out about your own resistance and practice what has to be let go, what has to be retained, and what has to be transformed. You will discover the power of stories in facilitating change.

You will:
– listen, tell and create stories
– learn to identify collective patterns and the narratives in a group
– work on your personal story, connect to your inner fire
– invite the ‘emerging future’ and the resistance that you bring with you

The two-day experiential training provides tools and methods for developing your StoryWork skills and turning it into a core leadership competency. Whether you work in a large or small business, non profit, start-up, government, or as an independent consultant or change facilitator, you will find tools to help you to detect and to dance with the narrative structures of a group. You will discover how you can increase the engagement of a group by your own presence as an authentic and inspiring leader. And you will be surprised, once you understand the transformative power of the work with narratives.