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  • To slide or not to slide: reflections on PowerPoint

    This week, I was thinking about writing something more about our recent themes—polarization, the power of story, or the role Facebook played in recent electoral campaigns. In the end, though, my planning was short-circuited by a Financial Times column on a favorite topic of mine: slide presentation software and its use in organizations and industry conference. On October 1, business

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  • The stress of talking politics in our polarized world

    These days, I have been traveling more than usual, much of it to New York for work with clients who are requesting large blocks of my time. Working with them is fascinating and fun, since it involves one of my favorite undertakings. In fact, I am now truly feeling in my element, helping organizations express who they are and what

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  • Six reasons why stories work

    Again this week, I have a dilemma, in the form of two divergent threads that I would like to write about. Both of these topics were stimulated once more by my work in New York over the past nine days. In fact, without watching much news or discussing it with people, I have nonetheless seen quite a lot of interesting

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  • Back to basics: what is the real power of story?

    In the previous post, I mentioned that this is a time when my client work has converged with my writing and reflection. Such moments can provide remarkable synergy. In this case, two clients started me thinking about a chain of ideas and arguments that I had not considered for some time. This return to basics has provoked a review of

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  • Story should take center stage in our presentations

    Most of the time on this blog, I write about subjects that are distinct from the work I happen to be doing at the given moment. In other words, clients I am consulting with, the board meetings I attend, the travel I do, or the speeches I make find their way only occasionally into weekly posts.   There is good

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  • Storytelling in formal presentations: mixing the rational with the personal

    After my last post, concerning the growing polarization in politics and in society at large, I fully intended to continue along the same line for a few more weeks. There is quite a lot I would like to address, including some of the ways that technology—big data and social media in particular—may be contributing to the phenomenon of societal polarization.

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