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Motivational Stories

Motivate with motivational stories…

Motivational stories have the power to go where no business plan has ever been! In business, as in life, stories can captivate the heart, stir the imagination and create the desire to act.

Story telling is an ancient art, but we shouldn’t underestimate its effectiveness as a learning and motivational tool. There are few better ways to learn than by merging creativity with context.

Storytelling is the single most powerful tool in a leader’s toolkit. (Howard Gardner)

The list of stories on this site continues to grow.

Motivational stories

Some of the stories are short, some are long. Some stand alone, while others are used to put context to articles about theory, practice, values and vision.

In our opinion, all are entertaining! Below is a list of the pages which use stories. Come back regularly, or subscribe to our RSS feed. Make sure you don’t miss our new entries.

We’re firm believers in the benefits of story-telling, so this is a page that will be changing frequently.


Our Motivational Stories

Barriers to Goal Setting

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Benefits of Time Management
This article uses the story of a Greek fisherman showing a Harvard MBA graduate the real meaning of time management.

Destination Success? Try the Road Less Travelled
Is your destination success? Perhaps; if you try taking a road less travelled. This classic poem might inspire you to reach that destination, and maybe to move from good to great……

Goal Setting Leaders Put Their Legacy First
Alfred Nobel’s premature obituary illustrates the importance of legacy to our happiness, and how it’s never too late to plan for it!

Lesson on Goal Setting

An unusual lesson on goal setting and an interesting business success story.

Motivation in the Workplace: How Do You Define Your Work?
Two stories, one from Martin Seligman, the other based on a Peter Drucker story, demonstrate that in all walks of life people can make their work more a calling than just a job. How do you define your work? These two stories challenge us all to think again about what we do.

Personal Development Stories
This page contains our stories designed to help you with your personal growth. Whether in search of career development or just a happier life.

Stress Management And Relaxation: The Bigger Picture
This article uses a story which is well known by several names. Whether you prefer buckets, rocks and water, – or jars, golf balls and wine (like us), the important thing is to remember why you’re working.

The Secret of My Success…..
The Secret of My Success? This challenging story demonstrates how Christopher Reeve bravely redefined success. It’s a story that will make us all think, then maybe think again……


Motivational stories for leaders

For more ideas you might like to follow these links to our collection of inspirational leadership stories. Each of these articles contains fascinating examples of leadership in action. Plus some words from us to help you on your way!


Motivational stories

Characteristic of Leadership: Seeing Things Differently

Define Leadership Excellence? Easier Said Than Done!

Essence of Leadership: Seeing Triumph in Tragedy

Leadership Concept: Valuing Ideas

Leadership Quote: “the ultimate measure of a man….”

Leadership Philosophy: it’s the little things that count

Leadership Quality: seeing the bigger picture

Leading With Vision: Bridging the Gap

Quotes About Leadership Success: 3 Things Successful Leaders Have in Common

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