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Navigating Stuckness – A manifest by Jonathan Harris

I’ve respected Jonathan Harris’ work ever since he blew my mind with the web-art application We Feel Fine that trawls the internet for human emotion and visualises those emotions in amazing ways. He is a prolific artist and storyteller, of sorts. Unbeknownst to me, he has recently fallen off the radar somewhat and has just published a manifesto on stuckness, chronicling his life story and experience of engaging with creativity and a search for purpose. It is a great read (click here).

What fascinates […]

Stories at play in our world – the context of our work

We’ve taken a standpoint on the state of our world. It is a world where problem-saturated narratives dominate and where healthy, perspective opening and possibility-generating alternative narratives are not given their place. This is an ethical standpoint. Shifting this power balance is ultimately what re:humanisation is about.

We’re disturbed by how individuals are disconnected from their ‘selves’ and are stuck in living out problem-saturated narratives. We want to help people re:author their stories.

We’re saddened by the state of teams in […]

The lenses through which we see the world

Narrative Therapy
What is in a word? A world. – Michael White

Narrative therapy engages with a client’s world through the dominant stories at play in their life story. These are often problem-saturated narratives and the purpose of narrative therapy is to identify alternative narratives that allow for thicker and richer descriptions of who we are. Central to our work is the application of narrative therapy principles to re:authoring the narratives of self, teams and organisations. This work is about shifting […]

Season’s greetings

By |December 11th, 2013|News|0 Comments|

How to create a movement

There are sooooo many theories out there on leadership. And there are soooooo many recipe’s of how to shift a culture, or move a group of people in a certain direction. But there is one quintessential component to creating a movement: the first follower. This short TEDvideo by Derek Sivers captures this with a real-life example:

New seasons and adventures

Almost 7 years ago, Aiden Choles, Raymond Salzwedel and I decided to embark on a journey together that became The Narrative Lab.  Raymond has since moved on to a successful consulting career in EOH, and now the time has come for me to venture out on my own as well.

I am very proud of what we’ve built in TNL.  In many ways, we have been pioneers.  When we started our business with an offering based mostly on Complexity thinking […]

If you want a certain culture, then act that way.

Here’s a nice little nugget of wisdom from one of our favourite organisational thought leaders at the moment, Henry Cloud. The message is simple. If you want a certain culture, then do more of that deed.
A culture is powerful. It has the ability to help us thrive or suck the life out of us. And at the same time, whatever culture we are in, we influence it as well. Everyone is a force who exerts a bit of themselves […]

Press release: SIMONSAYS wins TNL PR campaigns

SIMONSAYS communications signs research and organisational development consultancy
Friday, 02 November, 2012

Niche organisational development and research consultancy, The Narrative Lab (TNL), has appointed SIMONSAYS communications to handle its ongoing public relations requirements.

Based in Johannesburg, TNL offers tailor made solutions that equip leaders with the tools to understand the dynamics and problems experienced by their organisations, while also arming management with techniques to educate, motivate and shift mindsets so that sustainable change can take place. Using business narrative (or story-telling) as […]

Emergent insights on the issue of Business Continuity from the Flourish Conference

Aiden and I went into the Flourish Conference with the aim to explore what we perceived as a growing organisational challenge, Business Continuity. Reported in the narrative captures we’ve ran in various organisations is of how the efforts to improve an organisation seem to be introducing a new challenge to effectiveness: eroding business continuity. The need to secure business or operational continuity in the midst of concurrent changes emerged as a key challenge. Flourish accepted our proposal to conduct […]

By |September 17th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Come and join us (for free!) at the Innovation Summit

 

 

 

We will be running a workshop on “Conversation as a strategic enabler of Innovation and Collaboration” at the 5th Annual SA Innovation Summit on Thursday the 30th of August at 14:00.  We will focus on creating an experience for the participants, as opposed to simply presenting information, so we’re hoping for a fun and engaging session.

The organisers have kindly offered us the opportunity to issue an invitation to our network to come and visit the Innovation Lab from 13h00 and […]

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