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October 23, 2011

Overconfident Narratives Skew Decision Making

In his new book, Thinking Fast and Slow, Princeton professor and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman describes how, as a psychologist serving in the Israeli army, he selected candidates for officer training based on their success in a series of leadership tests.  Despite his own and his colleagues confidence in their choices, “the evidence was overwhelming”: …

June 26, 2010

The danger of a single story

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie talks about “the danger of a single story:” what happens when a single narrative about a people or place dominates our imagination.  For Adichie, it meant she was greeted on arrival in the United States for college with disbelief that the middle class professor’s daughter was authentically African—she was not tribal …

June 20, 2010

Appreciating the disconnects

Stories can be a potent method for trying to make sense of the inexplicable. Basic story structure—beginning, middle, end–is such an effective way to organize events that we often use it to carve meaning out of what would otherwise be random or chaotic occurrences.

It seems to me it’s easy to forget this point in an organizational setting where, when stories are elicited, they are assumed to be coherent.

May 29, 2010

Narratives are made, not born

The premise of this site is simple. Narratives are made, not born. Of course, it seems otherwise. Storytelling comes so naturally to us, no matter our culture, and has since the beginning of time.