Before reviewing literature, in order to determine the status of our research in the literature, it is necessary to discuss about previous studies that have addressed the role of storytelling in management and leadership. Storytelling already plays an important role for organizations and their leaders and many theorists and researchers highlighted the value of storytelling (Gill, 2014). Management scholars have recognized story and narrative’s role in culture (Hyde, 2008; Rindfleish, Sheridan and Kjeldal, 2009; Boje and Baskin. 2011; Ohara and Cherniss, 2012), teaching (Phillips, 1995; Boston, 2103), sharing knowledge (Lerner, 1992; Sole and Wilson, 1999; Tobin and Snyman, 2008), communication (Kirsch, 2004; Mittins, Abratt and Christie, 2011;
Stories, irrespective of its origin, topic, length, genre, always hold a special place in both our culture and our heart. Stories are generally a description, an account of an event or some occurring, which could be real life or fictional. With different types of events and all, stories also vary across different types and genres. Stories always attract our wandering mind with a set pace language and the way, the story is being told. According to human anthropology, storytelling is inherent in human nature and he couldn’t help it.
Through this sharing of experience we use stories to pass on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Through stories we explain how things are, why they are, and our role and purpose. Stories are the building blocks of knowledge, the foundation of memory and learning. Stories connect us with our humanness and link past, present, and future by teaching us to anticipate the possible consequences of our actions.
Storytelling has been around for generations. Our ancestors used it to communicate with each other and create intimacy amongst each other. Today, they’re used in similar fashion. More often than not, people tell stories to communicate with each other and form connections. One may tell stories to a group of people to entertain them or educate them on a subject.
Once the story is retold it takes on different details and meaning. When a story is written, the content lasts longer and can be revisited, however each reader perceives the meaning of the story and the details through their own experience. Stories began through oral tradition. Indigenous people have told stories throughout their histories, and those stories reveal their past, as well as their current realities and identities. An example of a storyteller who integrates multiple genres of storytelling in every aspect of her being, is Joy Harjo.
In Thomas King 's autobiographical novel, The Truth About Stories takes a narrative approach in telling the story of the Native American, as well as Thomas King 's. The stories within the book root from the obstacles that the Thomas King had to face during his years in high school and his post-university life. These stories are told in a matter that uses rhetorical devices such as personal anecdotes & comparisons. "You 'll Never Believe What Happened" Is Always a Great Way to Start is about the importance, potential, and dangers of stories, specifically those of creation stories and how they can shape a culture, with the aim to share King 's urgency for social change with his readers King 's informal tone, lighthearted jokes, and effort to make his writing follow the style of native oral tradition as closely as possible, all help the reader understand the type of narrative he believes would be most beneficial for the foundation of a society. His unique style allows for the use of personal anecdotes and requires that he breaks the proverbial fourth wall to communicate with the reader directly, to create the conversational feel of the oral tradition.
Collins (1999) advocated that stories provide a conceptual framework for thinking, which allows children to shape experiences into a whole that can understand by mentally mapping the experiences and seeing pictures in their heads. (as cited in Isbell, Sobol, Lindauer, & Lowrance, 2004) By developing learners’ language skills, creativity and critical thinking skills as well as respect on self and others, the idea of promoting holistic development will be realised in an effective way. The storytelling session of this coursework is a priceless experience to me and it has provided me an endeavour of telling story to primary school pupils and observing the immediate reaction and effect of the activity. Through this experience, I have learnt that storytelling is essential for children as their ability to learn depends upon the mental capacity to compare other 's experiences. Hence, it is a must for teachers to equip themselves with skills of storytelling as well as optimize the benefits of
We invented stories by using gods, humans and magical creatures to explain something that happens in nature. The most important way to think about myths is that they are symbolic stories that attempt to answer difficult human questions about the universe. For instance, where did we and the world come from? And what is the meaning of life?. “We all want to know where we came from, but because our earliest beginnings are lost in the mists of prehistory, we have created myths about our forefathers that are not historical but help to explain current attitudes about our environment, neighbors and customs” (6).
Importance of Storytelling for Business Storytelling is one of the oldest human traditions in existence and predates writing as our main form of communication. Though oral narratives are the most familiar form of storytelling, stories have been shared through other mediums such as paintings, dance, and hand gestures. No matter what form they take, stories are not only engaging, they 're also memorable over long periods of time. This is why people have used storytelling for generations to disseminate news, share entertainment, and pass down cultural information. Stories bring people together for a common purpose, and give them an experience that sticks with them.
Introduction to Storytelling Storytelling is a very important part of any business. Everybody is passionate regarding the work we do, and if it is good then why not share it with partners, customers and overall industry? Human connections are soul and heart of business. Simply you have to deal with people. Your business should solve customer problems, provide delightful experiences to customers and alleviate pain points.