Saturday, August 8, 2009

tell your leadership story: 2 minutes

If you think of public speaking skills as leadership skills, read this inspiring post from management professor Stew Friedman, who suggests you can be a better leader by boiling your own leadership story--your vision, goals or perspective--into a short two-minute story that better fits today's fast-moving society. Given our iPod shuffle versus hear-the-full-album world, he notes:
All the more reason, then, for giving attention to how you get others to pay attention. The trick is to show movement on the issues that matter while, for each issue, helping your key stakeholders grasp the meaning of what you're aiming to achieve — why the goal matters to the team or the organization and how we're going to get from here to there.
Friedman offers six elements that make for a good, short leadership story. Can you translate yours briefly and post it in the comments?

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