Using the ‘hero’s journey’ arc to tell employees’ stories

From ‘once upon a time’ to ‘happily ever after,’ a captivating tale of challenges and successes will celebrate, engage and inspire your workers as they slay their metaphorical dragons.

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How many of your childhood bedtime stories started, “Once upon a time”?

Probably more than you can recall.

Whatever the unfolding plot was, you knew it would contain a beginning, a middle and an end, with ups and downs along the way.

Any mild peril that the story’s hero or heroine faced was always resolved; their journey through the treacherous jungle or to the top of the villain’s castle to defeat the enemy was done without a hair out of place. These tales from faraway lands were—unbeknown to your younger self—structured perfectly. The format always worked, and it never strayed off course.

The narrative was on point; it told you what the hero was doing, why they were doing it, where they had come from and where they were going. All neat and tidy.

Storytelling’s enduring power

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