“THE STATE OF BECOMING” Angela Moonan, Corporate Storyteller Two minute read _____________________________ “Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” - Native American proverb
Leadership is an inside job. Soft power is on the rise. The chance to integrate hearts with minds in the business world is becoming a greater reality with each passing day. We live in exciting times indeed!
True story Last week my daughter came home from an after-school meeting with her guidance counselor. The purpose of the meeting was to review McKenna’s college checklist and ensure she had her ducks in a row for graduation. The guidance counselor said “McKenna, I want to remind you that once you get to college you’ll be living in the real world with real world responsibilities.” My daughter, who’s a high honors student, photographer, babysitter, and all-around great young adult replied “I empathize with your position however with respect, what world have I lived in these last eighteen years?”
We live in the real world from the time we’re born. This I’ve taught my daughter. I applaud her for her forthrightness and for suggesting to the high school guidance counselor to consider a new, slightly different point of view. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. As Corporate Storyteller that’s my desire… to help leaders consider the world through a more integrated, empowering lens.
Story is at the heart of who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. When consciously woven through the fabric of our organizations, story becomes the golden thread that binds together the magic inside the company, with the world outside its’ walls. Has the world changed in the last year? The last week? What we know for sure, is that change remains our constant, true north.
The easiest way to and through change, is through evolving our own story… what we tell ourselves, our employees, and the world. Change our story, and we change our life, and ideally, the lives of many.
As a catalyst and advisor to leaders, corporations, hospitals, professional service sectors, artists, I collaborate with some of the brightest human beings. Seeking an inspiring, new point of view, through our work together, these change-makers discover insights they would not necessarily have developed on their own. Outside of my beautiful daughter, the opportunity to do such work is the greatest blessing of my life.
In the real world, the only world there is, we’re always in a state of becoming… and this change happens one person, one leader, one community member at a time. I’m thrilled to be living at this time in our history, to have a voice and play my part in empowering leaders and change-makers in becoming THE difference.
The world is providing us with the right stage to use new language, new connections and collaboration to take our companies to the next and necessary level of engagement - for both employees AND for customers and patients alike.
From this higher vantage point, and looking through this new lens with heightened empathy, care, and alignment of your heart and head requires cultivating your mindfulness, your connection. Long gone are the days of meaningless transactions. Making meaningFULL connections and inspiring new conversations that take us somewhere we've never been before... that is the journey we embark upon now.
A believer in truth, trust, beauty, and leading your company with an authentic heart, I help illuminate the path, shining a light in a dark room and guiding you toward finding alignment with the beauty and brains within your own, and your organizations' walls.