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A tale of fictitious or real events or narrative is defined as a story. For our hungry souls, the nourishment is stories. Palatable stories exist due to these elements of truth. There are many ways to tell a story to the latest Hollywood blockbuster from classic novels written by the greatest writers and to ghost tales around a campfire from prehistoric drawings on a cave. Creating an environment in which everything is possible, the story teller is the magician. The pictures seen in the mind of the storyteller are shown and passed and for interpretation are passed to the minds of the listeners. Storytelling is all the rage in business.The persuasive effects of a story are only been able to speculate until recently. But, a serious study related to the human mind and the influences of a story in it has been begun by psychology over the last several decades. In fact, in comparison to writing, at changing beliefs fiction seems to be more effective as to persuade through evidence and arguments is the specific purpose of writing.The power of stories is finally waking up in organizations. In compare to the questionnaire and interviews based approach in organizations, the patterns of understanding, behavior and culture are revealed in a more effective way by stories. The ideation patterns of a particular organization are revealed by the stories told in an organization in all aspects of organization life, like, in project reviews and formally in presentations.The recognition of a possible work is integral to the evolution of a different and new world. However, potentiality for such a world is continuously claimed by the status quo. To bind us to this world, different truths are used by the status quo.The Telos of life is supposedly the survival. Therefore, a cosmology is required by any threat to the status quo so that a path and a view of a different world are provided to us for realizing this world. I believe that this cosmology is given to us by considering narrative as a way of being in the world as it fundamentally alters out relation to our own humanity, our relation to others and our relation to the world. The condition of our humanity is intertwined with the condition of the world by it. In total, a compelling narrative is derived by this emergent view of narrative as the realms of possibilities are enlarged by it.
Table of Contents
The Reasons behind Compelling Nature of Stories 4
The Evolutionary Reason for Stories 6
The Use of Narrative in Organizations 8
The Importance of Narrative 9
A tale of fictitious or real events or narrative is defined as a story. For our hungry souls, the nourishment is stories. Elements of truth are comprised by stories that are often regarded as fiction. Palatable stories exist due to these elements of truth (Rayfield, 1972). There are many ways to tell a story to the latest Hollywood blockbuster from classic novels written by the greatest writers and to ghost tales around a campfire from prehistoric drawings on a cave. Since stories are magic, they can take us everywhere, they can transport us to many situations and places where we might never go, in the present time happening right, forwards or backwards.
Creating an environment in which everything is possible, the story teller is the magician. Between the audience and the story teller, a special kind of energy is developed when storytelling is well presented. The pictures seen in the mind of the storyteller are shown and passed and for interpretation are passed to the minds of the listeners (Taylor, 2003). The images passing through the mind of the storyteller are visualized in a way due to which the words change, each time the story is told.
Storytelling is all the rage in business. The personal brand, idea or products of any organization are dead on arrival if there is no compelling story (Poulton, 2005). The persuasive effects of a story are only been able to speculate until recently. But, a serious study related to the human mind and the influences of a story in it has been begun by psychology over the last several decades. The story strongly influences the values, hopes, fears and attitudes of individuals in accordance to the repeated results. In fact, in comparison to writing, at changing beliefs fiction seems to be more effective as to persuade through evidence and arguments is the specific purpose of writing.
The power of stories is finally waking up in organizations. To the wider opportunities provided in the fields of organizational strategy, knowledge management and change by narrative techniques from the use of storytelling in the context of communication, the executives and managers within the organization have become more open as within their organizations through the use of stories they revealed greater opportunities (Snowden, 2003). In compare to the questionnaire and interviews based approach in organizations, the patterns of understanding, behavior and culture are revealed in a more effective way by stories.
The ideation patterns of a particular organization are revealed by the stories told in an organization in all aspects of organization life, like, in project reviews and formally in presentations. The purpose of this research paper is to reflect the importance of stories, the reasons behind the compelling nature of stories, the evolutionary reason for stories, the use of narrative in organizations and the importance of narrative.
The Reasons behind Compelling Nature of Stories
Although in the most compelling works, both the writing and stories are blended harmoniously but in comparison to writing which is an art, some fundamental differences are acquired by storytelling as an art. In the oral tradition, storytelling has its root. For socialization, the stories have been used as tools historically. For the average human, the prime source of news was informal storytelling, before word-of-mouth and widespread literacy (Marshall, 2011). To preserve a sense of connection to the past, the spoken stories were used. To warn of consequences for behavior that was not considered as socially acceptable, many stories were used. Cultures were shaped by stories to legends from fairy tales, to the Bible from fables of Aesop.
With stories, our culture is awash, although many of the old tales have been softened to simple moral tales and have been watered down to stories of children. The medium has been changed. To mesmerize children, a story is no longer weaved with hands and words by a woman or old man sitting at the fire (Cronon, 1992). The spoken story has meta-morph sized but not disappeared as now we have books, movies and television. However, the elements of a compelling story are still essentially the same.
When we are connected to our culture through stories then they are considered as compelling. When we are enabled to develop out moral sense through stories, they are considered to be compelling. When stories are resonated with our history, then they are considered to be compelling. For all of those reasons, a compelling set of stories is depicted by the X-Files, which is a television show. Since the stories from the show make us think, therefore, we write fan-fiction. They reverberate long after the motion and sounds have stopped, like any good story.
I believe that effective fan-fiction is created by this reverberation. Until the idea is worked its way out on a computer screen or a paper, we cannot let it go as an idea is simulated by the show or something in our lives.
A story that is told for entertainment holds equal importance and worth to be told. Even if a story is not profound, it must be told. There is a Bawdy drinking song for every "Little Red Riding Hood," with its deep resonance on the issues of innocence, obedience and trust. There are dozens of stories to be told about unique and specific people who are most anti-archetypal, for every story about archetypes. It brings us another reason behind us to be compelled by stories. A different part is the way in which we are fascinated by it. However, fear is a part of that fascination.
To dissect, learn and explore our environment, parts of it are our innate urge and child-like curiosity. However, this urge to explore is possibly met by many stories that do not have deeper social significance and are therefore compelling (Bamberg, 2006). Over here, the X-file is in its element as it explains the reason behind both science fiction and romance novels to be addictive. In the everyday lives, most people do not see aspects of potential human experience which are explored by both fiction in terms of science and novels related to romance. Fiction in terms of science and novels related to romance may or may not delve into deeper human issues, and higher purposes might or might not be served by them. The reason behind their entertainments is that they enable us to live…[continue]
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