Build a Stronger Team with One Move

June 24, 2024

Storytelling boosts oxytocin. 

Oxytocin boosts connection. 

Connection boosts trust. 

Trust boosts commitment. 

Commitment boosts impact. 

Want a stronger team? Incorporate storytelling in your next meeting. 

Here’s one of my favorite prompts to use at the end of the school year: 

  • If this year was made into a movie, what genre would it be? Comedy? Drama? Horror? And who would play you? 

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