Does Storytelling Make A Difference? Yes It Does!
Rich Sheridan shares philosophy, tips and advice for business leaders.
I’ve been on the hunt for officially designated Chief Storytellers in corporations and have actually found a few! In this podcast I interview Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations.
Getting the skinny on what is actually happening with executive storytelling and employee engagement in companies is key to understanding how stories are shaping business and improving results. So stay tuned for more podcasts like this one.
Menlo Innovations, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a software development firm. But they do it like no other. On their website you can read about their process and what makes them different. Like only coding in pairs and using anthropology methods to getting the design and development right. Plus their corporate culture is amazing — where empowerment and engagement are the norms and fiercely protected. Learning, mentoring, and collaboration are constant. A high-powered consulting friend of mine visited Rich and Menlo and what she experienced there with the staff made her cry — and she’s not one to do that, let me tell you!
- Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Flexibility (When Work Works)
- Leaders Everywhere Challenge (Management Innovation eXchange)
- Entrepreneur of the Year – Finalist (Ernst & Young)
- 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For – Metro Detroit
- Inc.’s 5,000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America (Inc. Magazine)
- WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™
And the list goes on! Rich’s book Joy, Inc. was recently published. He shares how he created a culture of joy at the company, and the book has been enjoying success.
During the podcast we learn about how Rich got the title of Chief Storyteller, and why he believes storytelling has been such a positive force in the company’s culture and wild success. There’s a lot to learn here — about Rich’s story philosophy, practice, and tips we can use back in our office.
Enjoy this piece (about 40 minutes long) and post your comments!