We start with your individual story. Then there's the other story. Then there's the story you can create together.

First story: Leadership Development

Who am I?
Where am I going?
How will I get there?

Are you a boss or are you a leader? A boss tells people what to do; a leader inspires and motivates others to reach their full potential. We know you’d prefer to be a leader. But becoming an inclusive, emotionally-intelligent leader is a three-stage process: 1) You must understand your own story and clearly articulate your purpose. 2) You need to recognize the stories that have held you back and the stories that can propel you forward. 3) And, you must be highly self-aware and view the world with empathy and curiosity. A true leader constantly asks herself: “How can I use my unique gifts to help others thrive?” This journey takes introspection, vulnerability, and a willingness to transform your perspective of what’s possible. Imagine what it would be like to lead from that place! We can help you get there.

Our Leadership Series has five modules that are iterative and designed to build upon learnings in the previous module.

  1. Dodging One’s Shadow: Avoiding Derailment Factors

  2. Building Self-awareness: Constructing the Leadership Narrative

  3. The Art of Interpersonal Engagement: Becoming the Savvy Storyteller

  4. Getting to the ThirdStory: Story Listening

  5. When to Be an Open Book: Ethics in Storytelling


Second Story: Team intelligence

Who are you? 
Where are you going?

How can I help you get there? 

They say: “Teamwork makes the dream work.” And to make the dream work for every team member, the team needs to build cohesion and meld different perspectives. This is often easier said than done. Why? Because each of us is not in touch with our own story, and therefore less able to recognize the stories of our coworkers and peers. But what if you could change that dynamic? What if you could learn to communicate in a way that captures your authentic voice, validates the perspectives of others, and generates a third story of effective partnership and collaboration? How cool would that be? The answer: very cool . . . poetic even. We create a paradigm shift in how organizations operate and conduct business. We’ve helped make it happen before, and we’re excited to work with you to make it happen again.


Third Story: Culture & Belonging

Who are we? 
How do we support each other? 
How do we grow together?

When you feel like you don’t belong, you don’t do your best work. Period. Which pretty much sucks for everyone involved, and creates a downward spiral of gloom and doom: You underperform or quit, the team loses your talent, the department fails to hit business goals, and the organization fades away into mediocrity. When we fail to create an inclusive culture, we deprive ourselves of the expertise, talent, and know-how needed to solve our biggest social and organizational issues. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way! Creating a cohesive company culture where everyone feels valued, safe, and included increases your competitive edge and showcases a global mindset. When you optimize the strengths of every individual, you facilitate more productive teams, encourage new and bold ideas, and support better business outcomes. Boo-yah! Inclusive cultures breed effusive cultures where magic can truly happen.

Our Cultural Diversity Series has five modules:

  1. Stories of Who We Are: Discovering, Understanding, and Owning Our Identity

  2. Stories of Intersectionality: Exploring Our Authentic, Dynamic, Multiple Identities

  3. Stories of Power and Privilege: Dominant and Underrepresented Group Narratives

  4. Stories of Conscious Inclusion: Intentionally Bringing Other People into Our Orbit

  5. Stories of the Future: Empathy and Allyship


The public story: Business Narratives

Who are we serving?
Who are we impacting?
How do we sustain our efforts?

Effective organizations are aware of the explicit stories and implicit messages they are conveying to the public. However, the most successful organizations are intentional about their image and use their story to build personal rapport with each member in the community. As you think about your company’s story, ask yourself the following question (be honest): Does your story accurately and fully communicate the best of who you are? If not, then it’s not the right story. At best, you have a slogan; at worst, you have a misrepresentation. ThirdStory helps you craft a compelling business story that boosts your public narrative, connects you with your audience, and establishes engaging and sustainable relationships.