Coming to the Smithsonian
on April 15-17, 2010?
I had an interview recently with Seth Kahan about the upcoming event. You can listen to it here (mp3, 5 megs, 15 minutes):
Or read the transcript here:
Steve Denning: This
is the tenth annual storytelling weekend. The
event has evolved over the years. This year, we’re coming to a turning
point. It’s not just using storytelling for leadership or brands or
conversations or communicating who you
are, in which it is assumed that the organization pretty much stays the
year, it's about a whole different way of running organizations. We now
start to see how
the pieces fit together and how storytelling fits into that. So it’s
broader and deeper. And it’s more coherent than
it’s ever been before. It presents a comprehensive picture of how
be run, and why that’s different for the most part from the way they’re
run today. It's seeing storytelling as the foundation for a whole
different way of looking at
the world, and of interacting with the world. Very exciting.
Seth Kahan: What I have found exciting is that you can’t predict what’s going to happen. Somebody is always bringing a new idea, some new energy, and there’s every chance in the world that you’ll see something you hadn’t planned for and that’s new and exciting.
Speakers for Friday April 15, 2010
Friday is about re-inventing the workplace, how storytelling can help create a better workplace—exciting, more fun and more productive workplace. So Friday is an all-day symposium, with a number of exciting speakers.
We’ve got Matt May, author of The Elegant Solution and In Pursuit of Elegance. He worked in Toyota for a number of years and he’ll be telling some interesting stories and shedding light on those runaway cars. How could perhaps the best company in the world have let this happen? What have they done about it? What are they going to be doing? Is Toyota finished? Or will it emerge from this even stronger? (6.58)
Then there’s Mary Poppendieck, who was a leader at 3M for many years. She’s a blast. She’s energetic. She’s exuberant. She’s exciting. She’ll be talking about what is leadership. What do leaders really do? It won’t be a boring, ten point lecture. It will be stories about how our ideas of leadership have emerged. In particular, she will show how leaders are not necessarily people who have all the answers, but they do bring something to the table. She’ll show how they bring it to the table, and how they interact with the people who are at the table and create a conversation. She’ll be telling stories about that. She’s a wonderfully dynamic speaker. Everyone’s going to have a ball with her. (7.50)
And Seth Kahan will be there, telling us about his exciting new book, Getting Change Right. He will share stories about some of the things that we have done together at the World Bank and elsewhere as well as some of the things that he has done on his own.
Madelyn Blair will be talking about her work in story and explaining the concept and principles of radical learning and how it can be used to develop strategies for maintaining focus and achieving results.
Elizabeth Woodward, a new face, from IBM. You might not think of IBM as a stronghold of storytelling. She’ll be talking about how this plays out in a big corporation. When you’re in a cast of tens of thousands of people, how does storytelling and creating communities and a new kind of workplace and creating conversation—how does that actually happen in a giant corporation? She has an exciting story to tell. I’m delighted that she’s joining us.
And I will be there, talking about my forthcoming book, The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management: Re-inventing the Workplace for the 21st Century. It will be published by Jossey-Bass in November 2010. It shows how this whole subject fits together—a coherent and comprehensive view of what’s wrong with management today, and what the future of management should look like.
event is filling up. So don’t
miss out. Register now at:
Thursday April 15:
Friday April 16:
Saturday April 17: