Five Ways Storytelling can be Used to Improve Career Development

The Power of Stories

From the latest show on Netflix to a conversation at the pub, stories are everywhere. We humans are magnetically attracted to stories and have been sharing them for millennia, ever since we evolved the ability to speak. Why then aren’t storytelling techniques woven into workplace practices more often? In fact, more and more evidence-based applications for narrative techniques are emerging — from performance reviews to career transition services.

1. Feedforward Performance Reviews

Stories form the foundation of positive, motivating career conversations with employees. According to an article in Human Resource Management, “Looking Forward to Performance Improvement: A Field Test of the Feedforward Interview for Performance Management” (Budworth et al., 2015), employees who participated a Feedforward Interview (FFI) performed significantly better than those who received a traditional performance appraisal interview.

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Mark Franklin-2018
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Mark Franklin
Mark is an award-winning practice leader at CareerCycles, a Toronto career management firm, and co-founder of One Life Tools. Mark teaches career management at the University of Toronto, applying system thinking and engineering problem solving to create scalable, gamified, evidence-based career management tools. Mark also hosts the Career Buzz radio show where he’s interviewed hundreds of guests about insights and turning points in their career stories.
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