A 6-Minute Guide to Storytelling with Data: The “How We Got Here” Method

Can you tell stories with data like you can with words? Absolutely! In the video above, I’ll show you one of my two favorite methods for doing that. Have a look, and then try it out yourself. If you’d rather read, see below. But the video is a lot more fun! (If you have trouble [read more]

Unto the Least of My Brothers: The Unforgettable Stranger I Met in a California Hot Tub

It wasn’t the experience I expected twenty minutes earlier when I stepped into the hotel hot tub. I stopped to pause on each step for a few seconds to get used to the heat. I looked up at an almost full moon and a cloudless, starry sky. It’s 8pm in Carpinteria, California, just outside of [read more]

Expert Interview Series with John Mattone

I had the honor of fielding some interview questions from John Mattone recently about business storytelling. We got to talk about: how storytelling addresses common business and leadership challenges examples of a great storytelling leader never heard of the biggest mistakes leaders make when telling business stories. stories to change cultures what makes great stories [read more]

13 Rules for Being a Grown-up on Facebook

Contrary to conventional wisdom, it is possible to have intellectual, adult conversations on Facebook. In fact, I think it’s imperative that we do. Because while social media has reunited old friendships and provides a seemingly limitless variety of amusement, it’s also been used to spread conspiracy theories and fake news like wildfire through partisan echo [read more]

How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post. Here’s Mike: Quite often, departments are combined, split, or a [read more]

“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the reassuring persistence it promises when offered by someone committed to helping his or her fellow human beings. [read more]

Top 10 most inspiring moments from robotics in 2015

As follow up to my article on the Top 10 Differences in High School Sports and Robotics – and just home from the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis – I thought I’d share the top 10 most inspiring moments from my first year as a parent of a robotics team member. Thank you to [read more]

The Banking Exchange reviews Parenting with a Story

Mallory Barbee, AVP at CBC National Bank in Beaufort, South Carolina, wrote the most insightful review of Parenting with a Story I’ve seen to date. It’s encouraging to an author for someone to notice all the things we hope come across to the reader. Well done, Mallory. See her review here.

Book Review: The Relevance of Good Parenting in Business

Posted on January 6, 2015. Book Review from Footdown. A collection of one hundred and one stories from around the world, Paul Smith’s latest book ‘Parenting with a Story’ transcends cultural difference and defies its narrowly focused title in its narrative exploration of 27 moral values. Avoiding the self-righteous disdain of a critical parent, the [read more]

A Christmas Compromise: The fight every couple should have

On December 16, 1961, twenty-one-year-old Aquiles Sanchez married nineteen-year-old Carmen Rodriguez. Six days later, just three days before Christmas Day, they had their first fight. On that day the young couple moved into a small studio apartment and began setting up Christmas decorations. That’s when they discovered that the Christmas traditions held most dear in [read more]