Working with Stories for the Benefit of the Organization

One of the most effective tools for creating, nourishing and sustaining a culture of leadership in your organization is working with stories. Working with the stories in an organization or community for the benefit of the organization and as a leadership advantage provides a means of healing whatever people feel sad or mad about understanding the past, learning about the present, and choosing the preferred story for the future. Stories, told within the context of the organization, provide important information about what is perceived as working, and what is perceived as not working. With this information in hand, you and the people in the organization are better able to lead your organization towards fulfilling its goals.

Skill and Capacity Development

You learning in this module will equip you with:

  • Understanding the critical role of holding regular story sharing events in the organization as a way to improve organizational performance
  • Practical ways to facilitate story sharing
  • Converting the quantitative data that emerges from the storytelling into quantifiable data that can be presented in graphs and charts to use the information to better advantage including comparison over time
  • Guidance on how to use the data that comes up from the story sharing to leadership advantage
  • Guidance on how to use the story sharing events for individual and organizational capacity development

The program is designed so that the tips and tools are easy to understand and to implement. Examples are provided for recording and reporting the data.

Your Complete Learning Package

The complete learning package for Working with Stories for the Benefit of the Organization includes 5 segments:

Segment 1: Getting Ready for Your Learning

Suggested Time: 1 hour | For self-study prior to the rest of your learning

Prepare for your learning experience through a series of readiness exercises. Getting ready for your learning might not be something you’ve thought much about before. We believe taking some time before starting with the content of this program to get in touch with your personal readiness for learning is an important way to set the foundation for focusing and deepening your learning for the best possible outcomes.

Segment 2: Working with Stories for the Benefit of Organizations

Suggested Time: 1 hour | For self-study

This self-study segment focuses on Working with Stories for the Benefit of the Organization and the leadership advantage that can be experienced by making use of storytelling within an organization – whether with a single story sharing event or by building regular story sharing into the organization.

Segment 3: Accessing Stories

Suggested Time: 1 hour | For self-study

This segment’s focus is on Accessing Stories and focuses on 4 simple activities you can use in any organization to do story sharing. The activities can be used separately or combined to offer a complete storytelling session.

Segment 4: Turning Stories into Data

Suggested Time: 2 hours | For self-study

In this segment, you will learn one way of Turning Stories into Data. It walks you through how to map data in a storytelling event and then how to turn that mapping into quantitative and qualitative data to be used in the organization.

Segment 5: Real-Time Mentoring Circle

3 hours | Facilitated Group Work Experience | January 10, 2020 | 9 am – 12 pm EST

One of the things we believe in all of our training is that having ongoing learning opportunities is critical for learning retention, application of your skills, and continually growing your skills and capacities.

When you have the opportunity to gather with others who have also learned a particular skillset – to share your experiences, wisdom and insights and to ask questions where you still have more to learn – it offers all participants a possibility for ongoing and deepened learning.  As part of our commitment to ongoing learning for your leadership development, you are encouraged to participate in a mentoring circle with a focus on Working with Stories for the Benefit of the Organization and Leadership January 10, 2020, from 9:00 am to 12 noon EST.

On registration, you will receive immediate access to the 4 self-study learning tutorials.  These components can be completed at your own pace and include online viewing as well as downloadable video and audio files for offline study. The real-time online mentoring circle is scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 starting at 9:00 am EST/15:00 CET.

Take this Learning Module As…


The module is a complete skill and knowledge set that is highly beneficial used on its own.

Part of a Learning Stream

Next Level Leadership - a 5-part self-study learning stream exploring leading so people will lead.

Prepare for Advanced Learning

Important foundational knowledge before participating in Genuine Contact Program modules.

Your Facilitators

Birgitt Williams, Workshop FacilitatorBirgitt Williams is an international management and organizational solutions consultant, author, meeting facilitator, teacher, keynote speaker, and executive coach. Her business focus is to assist leaders in closing the gap between their own potential and results, and closing the gap between the potential and results in their organizations. She is an advocate of creating and nurturing a culture of leadership in which every individual and every team works from their authority to carry out the responsibilities that they are accountable for. Birgitt has mastery in possibility thinking and in working with the full potential of both tangible and intangible assets in organizations of all kinds including the private sector, public and government sector, communities, consortiums, and strategic collaborations. She is skillful at system change, team cohesion, strategy focus, multi-disciplinary teams, and cross-cultural work.

Birgitt is a creator of the  Genuine Contact program, Co-owner of the Genuine Contact Group, LLC., President of Dalar International Consultancy, Inc., and author of The Genuine Contact Way: Nourishing a Culture of Leadership.

Rachel Bolton, Workshop FacilitatorRachel Bolton is a senior consultant and coach with Dalar International Consultancy, Inc. She specializes in and loves work with Small Businesses, Solo Entrepreneurship, and  Start-Ups. She has worked with leaders, consultants, and their organizations around the world to develop their organizations using our Genuine Contact Way processes and brings this wealth of experience into our workshop.  Her unique blend of coaching and Genuine Contact training bring high-level insight and practical suggestions to this work.

Rachel is the current Director of the Genuine Contact Organization and Program, supporting leaders, consultants and coaches around the world who work with the Genuine Contact program in their organizations.

On registration, you will receive immediate access to the 4 self-study learning tutorials.  These components can be completed at your own pace and include online viewing as well as downloadable video and audio files for offline study. The real-time online mentoring circle is scheduled for Friday, January 10, 2020 starting at 9:00 am EST/15:00 CET.

Supporting Learning in Teams and Groups

At Dalar, we are big believers in whole teams and groups learning together. To support group learning, we are pleased to offer the following team discounts:

  • 20% off for 3-5 participants
  • 40% off for 6-10
  • groups of 11+ to be determined based on groups size

Project, intact, cross-functional, and leadership teams, small organizations, boards, and volunteer groups are some examples of the kinds of groups eligible for these discounts. Contact Rachel Bolton for registration details.

This offer is applicable to Early Bird and Regular Rates of registration. It cannot be combined with any other discounts available (i.e Genuine Contact Organization member discounts).

This is a Genuine Contact Way Workshop

Birgitt Williams, Ward Williams and Rachel Bolton of the Dalar team have created these Genuine Contact Way learning modules with a focus on creating and nourishing a culture of leadership in organizations. We believe that when a culture of leadership exists in an organization, productivity increases, employees work both more effectively and with greater satisfaction on their own and in teams, and the organization thrives. Every Genuine Contact Way module provides participants with a complete skill and knowledge set that is beneficial used on its own. Every module is also designed to be part of a multi-purpose blended approach for leadership and organizational development. You may find added benefit to take this module in conjunction with other Genuine Contact Way modules as well as modules of the Genuine Contact ProgramContact us to find out what the right ‘bundle’ is to meet your unique leadership and organizational development and business goals.

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