Why You Need to Tell Your Story

When Stories and Actions Intersect

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Family is Everything
Accountability with Grace
The Stories are Everywhere

My Story — for the First Time

Sharing the Stories on Your Team

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  • Personal histories exercise — this is found in the Five Dysfunctions of a Team Field Book. You allocate plenty of time for this exercise and ask each person to share:

It Starts With You

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8 thoughts on “Why You Need to Tell Your Story”

  1. WOW! Thank you for this beautiful glimpse into your story. You are an inspiration (and I suspect you don’t even know it). And thank you for the terrific words of wisdom and encouragement. I’ll take your advice going forward…..

    1. Thank you, Jodi. I don’t know that I hid the story, but this is the first time I’ve tried to recreate visually what I see with this unique eyesight. I know you are impacting entrepreneurs, small business owners and women leaders – and I’m sure all would benefit from hearing your story!

  2. This is powerful stuff Karl. Having done this a couple times when using 5 Dysfunctions, we found it to be an incredible team building exercise and helped create trust. Thanks for posting

    1. You’re welcome, Keith. I think as you launch Locality Bank, you have a unique opportunity to create culture and build trust from the get-go. I know you have been conscious of team, trust and stories throughout your leadership journey. Now you are adding the vision of creating something new: a blend of service and technology, of community banking and fintech – I can’t wait to see the stories that you create in the coming years!

  3. Thank you for sharing how foster care can make such a significant impact on children – good and bad. There are so many wonderful foster stories out there.

    And thank you also for being so vulnerable in sharing your personal story. It is through that vulnerability that connectedness grows. You are one to be respected, Karl. I admire you greatly.

    1. Terri, I’m sure you and your team can share incredible stories: the circumstances that cause children to go into foster care, the lives of the parents, the motivations of a family to foster – and possibly adopt – children. There are stories that cover the full range of emotions and stretch human understanding. Thanks for you words, your encouragement and your example.

  4. Thanks for sharing these stories, and particularly the monocular diplopia. Double vision has to be challenging, despite the “play through it” description. I sometimes say that my favorite memories never happened, but the truth is things somehow worked out even when plans went way off the tracks. But to the point of your message, we really should appreciate hearing other’s stories, especially from the quiet folks that often have the most to say but are the last to open up.

    1. Jeff, so true. The quiet ones often are the ones who have stories that would rock your world. When you’re open to opportunity and prepared for the pivot, plans that go off the tracks don’t have to be viewed as disastrous. And they create new stories.

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