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story_Pool for Leaders and Managers: a team workshop experience

Imagine having time every month to share and appreciate the stories you are making? And reflect on their meaning and usefulness? Being able to share meaningful stories with your stakeholders - imagine the engagement!

Today, we work in fast paced and competitive environments where time is our most precious resource. Deciding how to best spend that time isn’t easy but getting it right is a key factor in building a happier, smarter and more successful organisation.

Leaders and managers, who constantly juggle competing priorities, understand the value of time better than anyone. They know that their teams do best when they are given space to share their experiences and perspectives: and can enjoy, reflect and learn together.

It shouldn’t surprise us that the same is true for leaders.

What is story-Pool for Leaders?

It’s the time we can nod our heads and say: ‘Yes, I hear you. Yes, I have felt that too. Yes, that’s why we’re here… and that’s what will make us stronger.’

story_Pool for Leaders is a peer story-exchange process. It was created by Moya Sayer-Jones (Only Human Stories) as an introduction (or adjunct) to our story_Pool for Organisations program.

It’s a dedicated and protected space for leaders and managers to give to themselves, what they want for their teams - a regular time to explore, reflect and connect. Every time we meet for a story-Pool session, we are reminded of the value of individual experience and ideas to what we can achieve together. The sessions boost our appreciation for the work we do and the stories we are making - vital elements for a healthy and happy culture.

story_Pool is where the hurly - burly of the daily ‘doing’ ends… and the satisfaction of humantime begins…bringing leaders closer to understanding their peers and the humans they are managing and inspiring.

Learning Outcomes:

story-Pool builds listening, questioning and feedback skills; refines our understanding of stories and how to use them in our organisations. These skills become part of the Manager’s toolkit to use in encouraging and developing story skills in their teams: and begin to build a story culture.

Participants will leave this workshop, as a 3 person group, equipped with the knowledge and skills to meet regularly in their organisation and follow the story_Pool process for maximum benefit.

Every story_Pool session is an opportunity to build and practice these skills

  • Story finding: identify the stories that matter + should be told
  • Story confidence: natural practice in oral storytelling + development
  • Story-understanding: what does this story tell us about ourselves, our values, our practice
  • Story uses: where and how could this story be useful in my own work and to others

Who should attend:

We are inviting teams of three from your organisation: Team Leaders, Supervisors, Managers, CEOs from business, government, NFPs.*

*Please note: as this program works in peer groups of 3, each organisation is to register a minimum of 3 people or in multiples of 3 (e.g. 3, 6, 9 12 people).

We highly recommend that for larger organisations more than 3 leaders attend and where possible the whole leadership team.

Note: story_Pool for Organisations is a proprietary program that can be implemented across whole departments or organisations and serve a range of additional purposes including communications, marketing, HR, systems etc. Contact Only Human Stories to discuss.

About the Presenter

Moya Sayer-Jones

I was the little sister in a family of four very noisy girls. It wasn’t easy to get a word in.

Our kitchen table gave me my first lessons in the power of storytelling and that lesson stuck. I even make a living out of it. In my first career, I was a comedy writer, novelist and screenwriter. Then, about 15 years ago, everything changed. I was asked to gather stories for a book about Australian families doing it hard. Suddenly, there I was on verandas and in backyards and lounge rooms, listening to these amazing stories about things I had absolutely no experience of. We laughed, we cried, we ate way too many Tim Tams. It was such a dynamic experience: listening, sharing and true connection. I felt like I was back in my childhood kitchen and I was hooked.

I started to explore the idea of finding and sharing stories inside different organisations. The benefits were so much more than what I was expecting.

The stories coming forward were heart-felt and real but more amazing, the people were different after the process. With ongoing story-telling organisational cultures were actually shifting.

I have since been offering organisations varying services based around story-telling and have developed programs including Story Booth and story_Pool which create spaces for stories, for people and for being human.

See my website for more:

Dates and Locations:

Monday 16 September
Quality Hotel Parnell
10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland

Wednesday 18 September
Mercure Hotel Abel Tasman
169 Willis Street, Wellington

Friday 20 September
Novotel Christchurch
52 Cathedral Square, Christchurch

Price & Registration

One Day Workshops
This workshop is designed to work with teams of 3.
Earlybird Special - $250 + GST per person per team of 3 ($750 + GST for 3 people)
Standard Price - $275 + GST per person per team of 3 ($825 + GST for 3 people)

Please NOTE – for the multi-attendee discount to apply, all bookings must be made at the same time on the registration page. Payment is by credit or debit card.

Earlybird finishes 29 August 2019.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express (Credit or Debit card) only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 06 878 3456 or email:

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 per attendee plus GST service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Morning tea and lunch are included. Please indicate your dietary requirements (if any) on the booking form.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
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Phone: 06 878 3456