Narrative is a framework of meaning that helps us focus our attention, make sense and build understanding.
— Ann Badillo, et al., Narrative Generation
As many of you know, I have two focus areas in my work and publish two separate newsletters.
In Forward Thinking Workplaces, I engage in generative conversations with pioneering business and thought leaders to create insightful content.
And second is Space Beyond Boundaries, where I share and expand on the dimensions of the inner leader journey that this work triggered.
Exploring Forward Thinking Workplaces was the second generation of my work that started as 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success.
Space Beyond Boundaries came about as a result of the pandemic. I simply stopped what I was doing and waited for something new to emerge.
Then through synchronicity, many unrelated events and people came together to create Space Beyond Boundaries.
Frankly, for many months now, I’ve given a lot of attention to bringing the two bodies of work together. Or maybe even stop work in one area to focus on the other.
Recently, a lot more clarity has emerged on these questions after discovering a fascinating little book, Narrative Generation: Why narrative will become your most valuable asset in the next five years by Ann Badillo et al.
In Narrative Generation, we learn that narrative is the glue that connects stories and gives them context and meaning. Stories are the tales that exist within a narrative.
The Forward Thinking Narrative
I believe the overall arc of my work can be described as a Forward Thinking narrative.
I now see that both areas of my work will now come together as the idea that “Great companies in the 21st century will take their people and organizations on a Forward Thinking journey.”
Earlier in the summer, I had a hunch that it was now time to communicate the two most compelling messages from my work in a more visible way, so I scheduled two webinars to talk about those ideas.
For Forward Thinking Workplaces, the message was, “Forward Thinking conversations will define the great workplaces of the 21st century.”
And for Space Beyond Boundaries, it was “The inner path is the way forward in the 21st century.”
The first webinar, Forward Thinking Conversations Will Define Great Workplaces of the 21st Century, will occur on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
In this session, I will present the overall evolution of what became Forward Thinking Workplaces and what we can take and learn from it.
This session won’t follow the typical format where I’m doing all the talking and present.
I will invite anyone who chooses to join the discussion to participate and contribute as well.
Sign up to register for the event
This event will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at:
– 4 pm GMT (London)
– 11 am US ET (New York)
– 8 am US PT (Los Angeles)
My apologies to anyone located in Asia. A link to a recording will be sent to people who register.
I hope to see you there and please get in touch if you have any questions.
To your forward thinking life & success!
Bill Fox, Author and Founder at Space Beyond Boundaries and Forward Thinking Workplaces.