Next week I’m kicking off an online purpose storytelling course for 12 employees from a company in the Aged Care sector. What I’m most excited about is that the participants are not the usual C-suite executives but those who’ve been providing exemplary acts of service on the frontline.
The outcome of the course is for each participant to share a 2-minute talk that brings the company purpose to life in a way that is personally meaningful to them. The talks will be filmed and screened at the company’s annual conference in November.
Many of the participants are rightly nervous. They’ve never learnt how to write and tell a story in this way before, let alone share it publicly. And no doubt they’re worried about whether they’ll get emotional should they choose to tell a story that might have otherwise remained buried deep within. I applaud them for their courage.
Quite honestly, I’m a little nervous too. The Aged Care sector has been under intense scrutiny these past years and the deaths due to COVID have been sad beyond belief. I’m nervous about what this course will bring up for everyone.
Having facilitated the course many times in our pre-pandemic world (can you even recall those days?), I know how challenging and intensely personal it can be. I wonder how it will be received, given it will be delivered entirely online instead of in-person and due to the serious nature of their work and the times we’re living in.
I’m worried participants might take it all too seriously and that they’ll beat themselves up if they’re not pitch perfect. So, I was digging deep early this morning as I was preparing for the course ruminating on the one thing I could say to take the heat out of it all. And this is what I came up with. “I wonder what might happen if we were to be curious not serious?”
I’m intrigued by the notion of replacing seriousness with curiousness. It allows us to breathe and open up. It takes away the tendency for dogma and bloody-mindedness. It creates a sense of playfulness and wonder and invites us to explore. It turns us from our heads to our hearts where the most golden stories are discovered. It’s from a sense of curiosity that new possibilities are created. It takes the heat away from having to get it right all the time.
It’s caused me to explore how I can be less serious and more curious in my work and life, particularly in the overly-serious world we exist in right now. What about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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About me: I’m a Purpose Educator and author of The Purpose Project. I help leaders attract and retain the best people by harnessing the power of deep purpose and storytelling. I do this through keynote speaking, a customised consultative process for co-creating a new purpose statement, the purpose storytelling course and The Purpose Project Course, a 7-step online course to help employees bring their own why to work.