We tend to assume that we may divide our activities into talk and action. In so doing we tend to suggest that talk is subordinate to action.
Taking issue with these presumptions, Stories for Management Success: The Power of Talk in Organizations argues that talk is central to what managers do. Indeed it argues that, for managers, ‘walking the walk’ necessarily implies ‘talking the talk such that storytelling is now central to managerial work’. Noting that managerial talk is increasingly located within an account of storytelling the book offers a critical review of the academic debates associated with telling tales at work and uses this critical reflection to shape and guide those who would realise the power of talk. Thus, the book concludes with six key questions designed to prompt both introspection and action on storytelling in an organized context. With reflections on the relevant management research, the author provides a scholar's digest to aid management thinking and practice.
This book offers an examination of the processes of organizational storytelling and has been designed to allow practitioners of management to recognise and in so doing to unleash the power of talk in organizations.
Table of Contents
- Half Title
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Table of Contents
- List of illustrations
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Managerial work
- 3. Organizational storytelling
- 4. Reports, opinions and proto-stories
5. Putting stories to work
- 1 What do I want to achieve?
- 2 Given my intended audience, are my stories actually plausible?
- 3 Are my storytelling practices unwittingly exclusionary?
- 4 Do I actually live up to the practical or behavioural exemplars that feature in my stories?
- 5 Are my tales bland?
- 6 Is my storytelling overly vulnerable to revision and contestation?
- 6. Concluding comments
- Title: Stories for Management Success
- Release date: March 2018
- Publisher(s): Routledge
- ISBN: 9781351665803