Lead with a Story

  • by Paul Smith
  • Narrated by A. T. Chandler
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Storytelling has come of age in the business world. Today, many of the most successful companies use storytelling as a leadership tool. At Nike, all senior executives are designated "corporate storytellers". 3M banned bullet points years ago and replaced them with a process of writing "strategic narratives". Procter & Gamble hired Hollywood directors to teach its executives storytelling techniques. Some forward-thinking business schools have even added storytelling courses to their management curriculum. The reason for this is simple: Stories have the ability to engage an audience the way logic and bullet points alone never could. Whether you are trying to communicate a vision, sell an idea, or inspire commitment, storytelling is a powerful business tool that can mean the difference between mediocre results and phenomenal success.
Lead with a Story contains both ready-to-use stories and how-to guidance for listeners looking to craft their own. Designed for a wide variety of business challenges, the book shows how narrative can help:

Define culture and values
Engender creativity and innovation
Foster collaboration and build relationships
Provide coaching and feedback
Lead change
And more
Whether in a speech or a memo, communicated to one person or a thousand, storytelling is an essential skill for success. Complete with examples from companies like Kellogg's, Merrill-Lynch, Procter & Gamble, National Car Rental, Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, and more, this practical resource gives listeners the guidance they need to deliver stories to stunning effect.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Proctor and Gamble Saves the World!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The idea of the book was fine...but I wish the author would have done more research on other industries. There were so many Proctor and Gamble stories that it felt more like an unabashed commercial for the company than it did a true informational read. It was distracting.

What was most disappointing about Paul Smith’s story?

I wonder if Proctor and Gamble sponsored the book (did the author receive money from them to write the book)?

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

A later chapter on general tips for how to write stories

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- Sarah

Started well - couldn't go past half mark

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People looking for general life advice

What was most disappointing about Paul Smith’s story?

I wish it would continue helping me developing stories instead of giving me life advice

How could the performance have been better?

Continue with practical advices like it started throughout the book, not only in the first half

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- Alinutza

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios