day 2612: Ambidexterity

“He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.”

In today’s business environment I believe you must be “ambidextrous” to succeed.  That is we need to be both prepared and ready to speak data and numbers and then back them up with compelling storytelling.  We all know someone who is great at this and we need to learn from them, for as the world speeds up and we are overwhelmed with data, it won’t be the “quants” that stand out, it will be those who can wrap a story around the data.

Jesus was the greatest storyteller of all time. His parables stopped people in their tracks as they tried to see themselves within what He was teaching.  Jesus also used numbers to illustrate and make real the impact that He was bringing to the people around Him and to the world. Whether it was 5000 fed or one sheep lost, He showed us that He could bring all sorts of things together. We each have a story.  We are one among billions.  But when our story gets told genuinely, authentically and in congruity to what we believe then we become more than one and our story can be heard as His story. That should feel encouraging today!

Reference: Matthew 13:3 (New Living Translation)

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