A Story is More Powerful Than A Lecture

A story is more powerful than a lecture.

Here are three valuable books:

Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great

When I saw this on the summer reading list of a friend whom I respect, I thought that is interesting–they are reading a book on Buddhism.  I thought it was this Chop Wood Carry Water, which I read 20 years ago on a Florida beach. Good book.

Then I saw this tweet from @coachgallimore

Oops, I was confusing the books.

So, I purchased on audible and listened today on my run and while working in the yard.

There’s a lot of useful lessons in there to build team discussions and teaching points around. Simple, clear, but that’s good when teaching. Distill things down and start a conversation.

The Energy Bus

I didn’t think I would like this book, but I actually found it helpful. Like the book Popular it reminds us that we get back what we give. Quit being a victim. Bring the right energy and you can make things happen.

Is it simplistic? Sure, but it will help you and an athlete remember that you can’t be an “energy vampire” and make anything positive happen around you.

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

This is a business book and a leadership fable set in a business so it may not be as entertaining to read. But, the lessons are there for a team struggling to find its way to a positive culture. There’s a field guide for managers to use when facilitating conversations that might be valuable.

Remember a story is more powerful than a lecture. You may have other books or stories in mind, but when you need to make a point reach for a story and drop the lecture.