It’s been a tumbling five years. I’ve stalked boardrooms in Amsterdam, giggled with activists in Antwerp and entrepreneurs in Helsinki. I’ve looked puzzled as bulls-eye assignments haven’t been repeated and others sprang out of nowhere. It’s been hard to work out how a sales process should look. Amongst the confusion, there are 10,000 people I’ve given talks to or personally trained.
I’ve learned each sector has its talents and challenges. The implementation talent in for-profit companies is thwarted by seeing problems from too few angles, that the vision of creatives often is difficult to bring to the ground, that the inner drive of non-profit professionals is often suffocated by politics.
And yet each sector contains people working their way through these struggles daily. The distance between their desires and challenges they face is a story. The stories in every sector now hold lesson and inspiration for every other. As a professional misfit, it has been a privilege to dance between and learn among them.
We’re entering a time when the single visionary , or sector, can no longer hold the weight of the challenges we have to face. It will take many hands, each lending their effort and talent and a story is what makes a diversity of hearts understand their direction is the same. Finding these common threads and weaving them together is the patient work of the story listener and story teller – and we are each of us one of those.