Power of Story Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life

ISBN-10: 0743294688

ISBN-13: 9780743294683

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Authors: Jim Loehr

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In his groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jim Loehr,New York Timesbestselling coauthor ofThe Power of Full Engagement,examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives. "Your story is your life," says Loehr. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories -- of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our work, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we're capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we're telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them -- and, in turn, transform our very destinies. Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life's challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Loehr, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, "In which areas of my life is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I've got?" He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life. For decades, at the Human Performance Institute, Loehr has been examining the power of story to increase engagement and productivity, and Fortune 500 companies have paid millions to send employees to his program, in which he applies the principles and methods that he now offers in this book. Global business leaders, world-class athletes, military special forces, and thousands of individuals from every walk of life have sought out and benefited from his life-altering insight and expertise. Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Loehr's approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your business and personal life.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 10/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction
Old Stories
That's Your Story?
Is Your Company Even Trying to Tell a Story?
Presenteeism
Old Stories
Your Story Around Work
Your Story Around Family
Your Story Around Health
Your Story Around Happiness
Your Story Around Friends
Write Your Current Story (or Try to)
The Premise of Your Story, The Purpose of Your Life
The Words on Your Tombstone
Your Ultimate Mission, Out Loud
Outing False Purpose
Purpose Is Never Forgettable
Questioning the Premise
Lining Up
Flawed Alignment to Flawed Ending
How Faithful a Narrator are You?
Faulty Assumptions
"Because I Can" Syndrome
Cooking the Books
The Four Scenarios
Pessimists, Watch Out
Optimists Should Watch Out, Too
Is it Really Your Story You're Living?
Big Battle for a Little Voice
Lessons in Storytelling 101: Communist China
Everyday Indoctrinations
Promises, Premises
How Your Values and Beliefs Affect Your Storytelling
Where Do Our Values and Beliefs Come From?
The Dilemma of Flawed Values and Beliefs
Your Crap Detector
The Private Voice
When Stories Collide: The Two Voices of the Storyteller
Voice Lessons: Ten Inner Voice Skills
The Three Rules of Storytelling
I Couldn't Be Happier
Rewriting: Turning Points
The Three Rules of Storytelling
Write Your New Story
New Stories
It's Not About Time
What Mr. Rogers Teaches Us
The Lie of Time
A Different Kind of Energy Problem
The Energy Pyramid
From Stories Flows Energy
Do You Have the Resources to Live Your Best Story?
Our Physical State Influences the Stories We Tell
Getting Your Story Straight About Eating
Getting Your Story Straight About Exercise and Movement
Getting Your Story Straight About Recovery (Rest and Sleep)
Indoctrinate Yourself
Deep Diving
From Subconscious to Conscious and Back Again
Embedding
Turning Story into Action: Training Mission and Rituals
The Training Effect, the Story Effect
Ritualizing
More than Mere Words: Finishing the Story, Completing the Mission
Accountability (About Work)
Accountability (About Everything Else)
Storyboarding the Transformation Process in Eight Steps
The Final Chapter: Raymond's Story
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
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