Story Talks is a podcast hosted by Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ, and Julienne Ryan, business author, communication and HR specialist, and frequent Narativ training contributor.In each episode, Jerome and Jules discuss the practices that engage, motivate, develop, retain, and attract people to businesses, whether these are your customers or your employees. Their principles and tools are based on real world stories that leverage listening and storytelling to become a better leader and management professional.
Narativ Story Talks | Psychological Safety with Sona Sherratt
In this episode of Story Talks, we welcome Sona Sherratt of Ashridge where she designs, teaches and client directs on several executive education programmes with clients such as SAB Miller, Swarovski, Heineken, Erste Group Bank, Avis, Beazley Insurance Group and Continental. Sona has designed and delivered senior leadership and general management programs for clients around the world. Sona has co-authored a book entitled ‘50 Biggest Management Dilemmas Solved’ which was published by Pearson in January 2014.
Together we discussed an area close to her heart, something she's been researching and writing about extensively as part of her doctorate: Psychological Safety. This is a broad word that we broke down in terms of benefits and the consequences of not creating a psychologically safe working environment.
We covered a lot of ground, managing to discuss the concept of "quiet quitting", the "big resignation", the "trust equation", and leadership challenges in a VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous.)
We break these down and leave you with practical tools to navigate a work place and work force that are increasingly complex and where the stakes couldn't be higher.
For instance, you'll learn about lazy questions versus questions that move everyone forward, something that isn't so difficult to implement, and could make a big difference in your day to day interactions.
Finally, as you know by now, we always ask our guests about an experience that shaped who they are today, and Sona did not disappoint with an answer that is highly relatable and yet unique in its circumstances. It involves moving from India to the US when she was 10, not speaking the language, and walking on an escalator for the first time.
Links and resources to learn more:
For more on Sona: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonasherratt/
For more on Ashridge: https://www.hult.edu/ashridge/
For more on the work of Carol Dwek, influential American psychologist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carol_Dweck
For more on "quiet quitting": https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/23/style/quiet-quitting-tiktok.html
For more on David Maister and the Trust Equation: https://trustedadvisor.com/why-trust-matters/understanding-trust/understanding-the-trust-equation
Narativ Story Talks | Responsible Leadership with Earl Breon
In this episode, we welcome Earl Breon, a former active duty United States Marine with over 25 years of experience in coaching and leadership development. He is the CEO and Founder of The Leadership Phalanx where he combines his civilian and military experiences with his love of history to bring his clients what he calls, "The 11 Shields of The Leadership Phalanx".
These shields work together like the ancient Spartan formation to provide a strong leadership foundation that values diversity and inclusion as fundamental to building strong, successful, and innovative teams.
We discussed all aspects of what Earl calls responsible leadership, including biases, assumptions and the things that get in the way of our ability to be a leader that knows how to both nurture people and make tough decisions.
This conversation also went into experiences that shaped who Earl is today, and you'll hear a very moving story about the values that were instilled in Earl at a very young age by his grandparents because his parents were not around. That personal experience, plus the experience gained as a US marine and seeing both good and bad leadership at work, combine to give you, our listeners, a set of insights and principles that you'll be able to implement in your day to day life and work.
His podcast "Responsible leadership with Earl Breon" is a goldmine of advice and resources.
To learn more about Earl and The Leadership Phalanx, check out these links:
Podcast "Responsible Leadership With Earl Breon"
Narativ Story Talks | Zev Shalev - Seeking The Truth in Storytelling
In this episode, Julienne and Jerome talk to Zev Shalev, CEO of Narativ Studios and Cool Wolf Inc.
Yes, you read that right, Narativ spelled the same way we do. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to find out what another Narativ is doing out there in the world.
And what a treat to speak to Zev, a former CBS News Executive, and journalist who hails from South Africa. He is the winner of the Murrow Award and has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and 5 Canadian Screen Awards.
Zev shared with us the moment that he knew he would be a journalist, and what a story that is: Picture a 16 year old in his school uniform, getting lifted up in the air by some strangers who helped him get a seat to see Mandela speak after he was freed from jail, just as apartheid was ending in South Africa.
We explored with Zev what seeking the truth in storytelling means, and how to do it efficiently.
This is a MUST LISTEN if you want to know more about journalistic storytelling and how that ties into empathy, understanding, building bridges, and yes, we dare to say it, creating a better world.
To learn more about Zev, go to:
Narativ TV on youtube: youtube.com/channel/UC3NmKvE4agxFmOiy35dGBJg
Narativ TV live on Twitter: twitter.com/NarativTv?
Narativ Story Talks | Answer Intelligence with Brian Glibkowski
In this episode, Jerome and Julienne are talking with the creator of Answer Intelligence (AQ)™, Dr. Brian Glibkowski.
When Dr. Glibkowski wanted to know what skills he could improve when he was a doctoral student, the answer was "communication."
This set him on a path to discover how to help organizations and their employees improve the way they communicate by answering 6 questions: What, Who, Why, When, Where, How.
Starting with golf professionals, he tested out a methodology that became the Answer Intelligence (AQ), which led to a book and now a framework that he helps organizations all over the world to implement.
Brian introduces his framework via a circle visual, which you can see on this episode's artwork and in this link.
We discuss the balance between procedures, storytelling, strategy, and action plans that are part of this decision making and communication process.
To learn more and try this FREE assessment, go to this link: https://www.raiseyouraq.com/explore.html
Narativ Story Talks | Passion, Paycheck, Environment - with Jodi Brockington
In this episode, Jerome and Julienne talk to Jodi Brockington, who is a hiring, career, Diversity & Inclusion, and Corporate Social Responsibility consultant, with many other hats. Jodi has created a framework to help both employers and employees figure out the right combination between their need for a paycheck, their passion (tied to their purpose), and the kind of work environment that fosters productivity and well being.
You will learn how you can engage your employees by looking at all 3 elements, and, if you're looking for your next career move, how you can use this framework for yourself.
You'll learn about Jodi's own unconventional career path and origin story, growing up in a biracial household, and how that informed and shaped who she is today and why she's so invested in the future of the workforce.
To connect with Jodi, learn about her services and find out about her latest venture, BLENDid, check out these links:
Narativ Story Talks | Socratic Dialogue with Sira Abenoza
In this episode Jerome and Julienne talk with Sira Abenoza, a professor at ESADE business and law schools in Barcelona, Spain.
She created the Institute for Socratic Dialogue to create conversations between people who sometimes have diametrically opposing points of view.
We discussed Sira's experience working with inmates, as well as with factions from both sides of the conflict in Northern Ireland. The methods of Socratic Dialogue managed to create connection where there seemingly was none at all.
Sira believes that every person deserves to be heard, no matter their politics or beliefs. In this increasingly polarized world, where opinions generate conflict, the methods she employs bridge divides and bring to the surface the stories that unite us all.
Listeners will hear practical examples as well as tools they can use themselves to create spaces in which they can bring people together in their work place, simply by listening and encouraging dialogue.
WATCH Sira's TEDx Talk here
For more on the Institute for Socratic Dialogue, go to: https://www.institutesocratic.com/
To watch a trailer for a documentary about Sira's work in prisons, go to: https://vimeo.com/248890676