It’s almost a becoming a cliché that people need to tell
stories at work. In the last five or so years it seems that everyone is asking
for storytelling training in the hope that, somehow, it will make everything
more interesting and no one need experience death by PowerPoint ever again. But
what do we mean by storytelling and are people even asking for the same thing
when they use that term?
I am a proud Panamanian who was blessed with the opportunity to live in South Africa for almost 4 years as an expat and can say that understanding their national identity was confusing in the beginning, interesting during the process and fulfilling when I felt like a South African. Nothing that you learn about South Africa and Mr. Mandela from overseas can prepare you for this magnificent experience. I have never seen any group of people with so many differences coming together for one common goal: The Rugby World Cup. After experiencing the Springboks (this is what they call the South African rugby national team) winning the 2019 World Cup, every little piece of knowledge about the country’s identity came together and taught me a great lesson about leadership.