Learning from Storytellers
Published 26 September, 2018
Have you ever thought about the best way to learn something? Traditional education has molded most of us into a similar perspective. However, research is now showing us that video games are good for children, science labs may not be the best way to promote critical thinking, and chess really does make children smart. The point is that there are many ways to learn but my personal experience is that learning from others is most impactful.
When I was a child my parents would entertain guests frequently and I would sneak into the living room and sit beside the couch and listen to them discuss sports, local politics, and business.
I wanted to be a "businessman" early on based on listening, learning and being inspired by their stories.
A few years ago, a couple of my brothers and I visited the small town in Ireland where my father's family originated. I have since learned that much of the folklore and tradition there lasted through the centuries thanks to ancient storytellers called seanchaí (shan-a-key), who went from town to town passing down their stories.
Today I am grateful to work in a business model where we leverage experts for the benefit of our clients to get "unstuck" from the hard problems that hinder their ability to realize their growth goals. Companies can accelerate the execution of their plans while de-risking their decisions by listening to the stories, like the seanchaí and my parents, of people with more knowledge and experience.