Storybursting…

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Stories.jpgComing to the end of a year always brings out the reflector in me and I’m hoping it may bring about the end of a severe blogging drought in the world of Dawn Smedley!

This year has been a challenging year both personally and at work. My mum has overcome and battled the big ‘C’ word and is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with my Dad to see my brother in New Zealand, my children are both now in school and having seen their nativities this week, they just make me so proud every single day and my husband is a legend full stop.

And then there’s work…the appreciateologist has found her rhythm, her pace, her style. I’ve learnt so much this year, pushed myself to do things I’ve never done before and feel enriched and privileged to be part of a community of people who are on the tipping point of something extraordinary. I love being part of this. I love being able to influence this and use all of what I know about appreciation and recognition to help organisations weave this into everything that they do and its working.

I am so lucky to hear all the great stories that are starting to be shared and shouted about. To be inspired by amazing people on the front line making a difference every day, doing the right thing and being recognized for it. Our Yearbook is gaining momentum as a unique way of allowing managers and colleagues to share their thoughts, photos and videos to celebrate contributions overtime allowing those stories to pour out in bucketful’s.

Stories, stories, stories. We hear so much about them. How important it is to share them. For me though, it’s how they make you feel. Stories have the ability to break down barriers, to create deeper connections and meaning to everything and to make often complicated topics, much easier to understand. Stories inspire you and when you’re part of the story, you feel part of something much bigger than yourself.

In 2016, how will you allow the stories in your organisations to come out? How will you use stories to inspire new starters, to demonstrate what good looks like, to nurture teams, to attract and keep your customers, to help your employees feel part of something bigger?

We all want to be part of something, make 2016 all about your story and how your story fits in with what you do. Create opportunities for these stories to come out, they are there right now just waiting for an opportunity to burst into the world…

Wishing you all a fabulously lovely festive period and a happy, healthy 2016!