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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...