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Beyond the Black Stump

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A podcast about learning, leadership and the limitations we impose on ourselves.The idea of the "black stump" is an Australian colloquialism, it is used to describe the limits of the mapped or surveyed area. The term seems to be derived from the practice of burning or marking a tree stump as a surve… read more


BBS023 - Disaster Heroes, book club with Suzanne Bernier

G'day, this is Ken Simpson and welcome to episode 23 of Beyond the Black Stump. It is the end of another month so this is a book club episode.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, as is the book club tradition. Perhaps if you are risk averse and driving while you listen, wait until you get home for the wine.
This month my featured book is “Disaster Heroes” - a collection of stories about ordinary people who have made an amazing impact in the aftermath of a disaster.
Sit back and listen to the inspiring stories of both  the book, and its author Suzanne Bernier.
This book has more to offer the practitioner than just some inspiring stories. It is a practical example of some of the skills we need to be successful in the corporate world of the 21st Century.
I am talking about the skills of narrative and story telling. These are critical skills we need to sell our purpose and get buy-in to building resilience. This book provides a great role modelling of those skills - read and learn.
Even if you don’t value the skills of story telling, these stories are a great example that we can all learn from when we try to write case studies of things that occur in our own organisations - even if we just look at the style and structure of the stories. Remember Suzanne has a background in journalism as well as Emergency Management.
The link to the book is in the show notes, read it and think about how you can use a book like this to innovate your own practices.
While you are doing that, if you find this show useful I would really appreciate it if you visited iTunes and left a review or rating.
Thanks for listening, and take care on your journey. Keep an ear out for a special Sadie Hawkins Day episode of the show on Monday 29 Feb.

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