Telling Stories to Overcome Fear

Brad M. Griffin | Aug 31, 2011

One of the big lessons weve seen proven over and over in our Sticky Faith Cohort churches is the power of story. Fullers Dr. Scott Cormode works to hammer home with cohort church leaders that nothing replaces the power of a story, well-told, over and over again, when were trying to be agents of change in our organization.

In this Harvard Business Review post, Peter Guber, business expert and former CEO of Sony Pictures, adds to that wisdom the power stories have to overcome fear. When we are threatened by change (or as Scott likes to say, we dont actually fear change but the loss the change represents), a story of hope can draw us beyond fear into purposeful action forward. Heres a snapshot of Gubers thoughts:

As a leader, you cannot eliminate fear, abolish uncertainty or avoid the prospect of change for your company. But you can leverage these emotional navigational stakes to your greatest advantage by telling a purposeful story to all your stakeholders.

What stories do you need to tell this weekto yourself or othersthat can fly in the face of fear?

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California.


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