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Self-Discipline

Self-Discipline

Jamie managed the project office for the new payroll system implementation project and was responsible for making sure that each task was finished on time. Many of the tasks depended on other tasks and there was a team of 10 people working together to get the system implemented. He set...

The Quiet Ones Have Opinions Too

The Quiet Ones Have Opinions Too

How many of you have encountered a scenario like the one below? Fred was ready and anticipating the planning meeting for the annual employee promotion dinner. Last year’s event was dull and he really wanted to shake things up this year; he had a plan and knew just what needed to be done. Fred was...

When Imagination and Implementation Collide

When Imagination and Implementation Collide

Monday morning… a new week, fresh with possibility. Rebecca was looking forward to the beginning of a new week with her schedule of meetings, work activities, and social events all carefully planned out. If everyone sticks to the agenda in this morning’s 9:00am status meeting, the week will be off...

Business Development: Looking For Traits in Prospects

Business Development: Looking For Traits in Prospects

My friend, Nicole, loves to try new things - new restaurants, new adventures (like bungee jumping!), and the latest iPhone. I can’t always keep up with her; sometimes I just want to go back to Bad Daddy’s because I love their bean burger. My friend John, on the other hand, loves routine and almost...

Motivations: Peeling Back The Layers of the Complex Human

Motivations: Peeling Back The Layers of the Complex Human

While we at Narrative often talk about personality, there are many additional layers that form the complex human spectrum, one of which is motivation. Some people call it values, but we prefer motivation; values, as a term of reference, is often laden with moral implications where motivation...

The Generational Collide

The Generational Collide

“I can’t believe it. I’m in the office on the weekend sending documents to Jennifer, a 26 year-old, so she can work from home. I’m 55 and I’ve paid my dues. Why am I doing this?” I was at a fund-raising event, talking to Dan and somehow this came up. It took me aback a little, because Dan is...

Complexity: Are We Speaking the Same Language?

Complexity: Are We Speaking the Same Language?

How often in professional, or even personal, settings have you encountered a situation like this: Caroline works in the Marketing department at the bank. She is very structured and loves to check off tasks on her to do list. It gives her a great sense of accomplishment and she feels like she is...

Culture: The Driver of Growth and Success

Culture: The Driver of Growth and Success

Companies, particularly those driving towards growth and success, invest significant capital in product development, technology, implementation and integration. While these expenditures are easily justified and absolutely necessary, they are not the ultimate determining factor of business success....