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TO BOOK: Call Lizzy Mafalo on (011) 880-9749 or email Lizzy with your contact details.

“There can be few talents more important to managerial success than knowing how to tell a good story.” Michael Hattersley, Harvard Management Updates.

Is your organisation living its story? Is your company merging with an organisation that arrives with its own work story? Stories have the power to influence organisations as much as they do individuals.

Stories break open stuck assumptions. They challenge paradigms that no longer serve.

“Policy manuals are no-no’s today. But anarchy’s not in either. So how do we let people know what’s important around here without constraining them – the best way, as I see it – is stories.” Tom Peters

Stories hide in company mission statements.

  • They impact on how we involve ourselves and invest in our work.
  • Personal work histories influence the way people commit (or don’t commit) to shared aims.
  • Stories shape the next chapter (strategic planning).
  • Unconscious stories can sabotage an organisation.
  • Conscious stories allow choices, offer growth and facilitate transformation.

In this workshop you’ll explore your work stories in relation to the hidden behavioural patterns that lie beneath the organisational surface.

Storytelling at Work will:

  • give you an understanding of how stories work
  • explain the power of good storytelling in the workplace
  • give you insights into how myths and archetypes operate at work
  • show you how stories influence the workplace and impact on a company’s health
  • help you develop the ability to tell a good story

Participants will be offered

  • a powerful intervention
  • an invaluable processing tool
  • a clear understanding of how stories influence work performance and ethics (for better or for worse)
  • a way to increase confidence
  • insights into professional and personal relationships

This workshop is also for anyone who wants to

  • understand their work at a deeper level
  • change the work story they are living
  • replenish their power and energy
  • resolve issuesmake decisions
  • learn how to use storytelling, a universal form of communication, at work

Who will benefit

Decision Makers
Strategic planners
HR Managers
Change Management Consultants
New employees

Workshop Details

DATE: Tuesday 1 November 2011
VENUE: Houghton Boardroom, 17 5th Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
TIME: 8:00 am for 8:30am until 4:30 pm
COST: R3150 excl vat

Workshop facilitator
Dr Dorian Haarhoff is a story-teller and a writer with a range of publications to his name. He is also a former Professor of English Literature with a deep belief in, a passion for and a keen understanding of the power of stories in professional and private life. Dorian, through his skills, experience and insights, uses storytelling as a means of creating new realities.

He has travelled around Africa and elsewhere facilitating story-telling and writing workshops based on his text, The Writer’s Voice. He has thrice been invited as a story-teller to the Conference on World Affairs in Boulder Colorado.

Of his workshops people say:

When Dorian Haarhoff speaks and tells stories he walks on water. (Professor James Palmer, Univ of Colorado)

When I heard you speak I knew I had to have a conversation with this man. (Dr Leonard Shlain, surgeon and author of Art and Physics, Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light.)

TO BOOK: Call Lizzy Mafalo on (011) 880-9749 or email Lizzy with your contact details.

2 Responses to Storytelling in Organisations: Leading Change through the Art of Narrative

  1. Frank Hedtrich says:

    The workshop on 6th of May interests me but I will be away during that time….when will additional workshops be scheduled in JHB after June 2011?

    Please advise

    Thank You – Frank

  2. Dunne says:

    Hi Frank. If you’re talking about the Storytelling w/s on the 6th of June, then yes, we’re running it again probably around Oct or so. I’ll make a note to contact you when we do.

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