Explore books, products, and learning experiences developed by David Hutchens
"Hutchens' words are like tuning forks,
evoking a rich, orchestral range of possibilities in our minds."
— Michael Jones, Composer, Recording Artist, Lecturer, and Author of "Creating an Imaginative Life"
Circle of the 9 Muses:
A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators & Meaning Makers
Circle of the 9 Muses captures the best practices of the world's most influential story consultants and knowledge workers to help you find, tell, and draw value from your organizational stories as impetus for action.
This rich toolbox is loaded with fun, graphical instructions and dozens of unique, replicable, and facilitated processes that require no special training or expertise. You'll discover your organization's hidden narrative assets; use different templates and frameworks to tell the stories of your past, present, and future; and then draw team members into rich meaning-making dialogue that translates into action. These activities can be exercised in endless permutations, and expert advice steers you toward the right activity for a specific purpose, including managing change, setting strategy, onboarding, defining the brand, engaging supporters or customers, merging cultures, building trust, and much more.
"David has a style that just pulls you in and keeps you there. I found myself making notes to go back to something the next time I run a retreat. I found myself laughing. I found myself crying. David is a wonderful writer as he tells the story of how to use story."
"If you have been trying to decide if this is the book on story that you have been waiting for, this is it. If you have been trying to decide if you should buy yet another book on using story, this is it. David’s knowledge, his intellect, and his passion are on every page."
When the Hero is You:
Tell a Story. Show your Value. Get the Gig.
Do you struggle with telling your own, personal stories of leadership? You're not alone! David Hutchens created this online course to help leaders communicate their own "personal brand essence" through the stories that they tell.
"I loved David Hutchens' book 'Circle of the 9 Muses', and I found his online course helped me to unearth my own life stories, see their greater meaning, and share them in more interesting ways. I have explored other books and courses on storytelling, but what I found sets David's work apart as extraordinary are his wonderful, clear frameworks and unique examples that spark creativity and really help a person understand the craft on a deeper level.
"David is a master storytelling who makes a powerful connection with the people he mentors, and he really cares about their storytelling success."
Outlearning the Wolves:
Surviving and Thriving in a Learning Organization
The original classic, now in its fourth edition (and now with full-color illustrations!), introduces the key ideas of the learning organization, and answers the question "what does a learning organization actually look like?"
"Laugh-out-loud funny and charmingly illustrated... should be required reading for anyone trying to institutionalize learning."
-Training and Development Magazine
"Using humor to teach organizational learning is a hit. Now when I talk to groups about organizational learning, we have a shared experience to draw upon. The story and ideas were so compelling that in just three days our organization of 700+ employees were all talking about Outlearning the Wolves. I will be looking for an opportunity to share Shadows of the Neanderthal, too."
Shadows of the Neanderthal:
Illuminating the Beliefs that Limit Our Organizations
Boogie the caveman is on a journey to see the world that lies outside of his cave... and beyond his lenses of perception. Boogie's grammar may be atrocious, but his insights into mental models offer dramatic leverage for change.
"Finally, a clear and powerful resource that helps both sides of our brain understand how to expand our individual and organizational thinking." -Dawna Markova, Ph.D., co-author, An Unused Intelligence
"David Hutchens has done it again! In Shadows of the Neanderthal, you will meet the cavemen and through their story, will learn how to surface, share and challenge hidden beliefs and to recognize how they inform what we do. The story is very engaging and is followed by a very helpful discussion on Mental Models that can help organizations break free from the unspoken assumptions that cause conflict and limit progress."
The Lemming Dilemma:
Living with Purpose, Leading with Vision
"What do you want to create?" A simple question with profound possibilities. Perhaps the most uniquely personal of all of the Learning Fables, The Lemming Dilemma will lead you on a journey of personal mastery.
"We each long to discover an authentic living style, a way of being with ourselves that is aligned with our deeper nature. David Hutchens meets this longing with his imaginative telling of The Lemming Dilemma. His message is inspiring and clear; The way out of this historic dilemma is to be who we truly are, which includes creating from what we hold most deeply and passionately in our hearts. Living is our art, he suggests. When we create from what we love, we offer the world the gift of ourselves. This is also his challenge, because the world asks for nothing less from us now."
-Michael Jones,pianist, composer, educator and author of Creating an Imaginative Life
The Tip of the Iceberg:
Managing The Hidden Forces that can Make or Break Your Organization
The penguins need the walruses. The walruses need the clams. That's the simple beginning of a story that yields surprising complexity. Explore the dynamics of systems thinking, and learn why the most obvious organiztional interventions are seldom the most sustainable ones.
"Another in the wonderful Learning Fables series by Pegasus, and more evidence that systems thinking requires the child in the adult, and the adult in the child. What is there to gain from this likable story? As it turns out, quite a bit."
-Peter M. Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline
Listening to the Volcano:
Conversations that Open Our Minds to New Possibilities
Explore the discipline of dialogue by entering a land where words have strange physical properties... and that pesky volcano could go off at any moment. This Learning Fable is a perfect follow up to "Shadows of the Neanderthal," and answers "how can we explore our mental models together?"
"The author has made an important contribution by creating a simple yet elegant and accurate descrition of dialogue, its essential nature and its value."
-Glenna Gerard, coauthor of Dialogue: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation
"This lovely fable helps all of us become more aware of the importance of dialogue in shaping the way we live our lives--in our families, in our communities, and in our organizations."
—Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, co-originators, The World Café
A Slice of Trust:
The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling
A Slice of Trust teaches managers and leaders of all levels how companies that develop trust within the workplace can increase their value, efficiency, and innovation.
This delightful fable follows Simon the Pieman who isn't as simple as everyone thinks. He serves pie to his customers along with his trust, one slice at a time. Trusting wisely and weighing the risks against the opportunities, Simon succeeds in his business, teaching an old dog, Sebastian, some new tricks along the way.
Inspired by Simon's trust, Sebastian learns a valuable lesson about the importance of extending trust, weighing out risks to exercise "smart trust," and the importance trust plays in leadership.
With a forward written by Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust, A Slice of Trust is the secret to building the necessary leadership skills needed to maintain a working environment that spurs creativity and collaboration.
"Brilliant! In a world starving for authenticity, A Slice of Trust demonstrates beautifully that gaining and giving trust are indispensable skills. Do you know how to win the trust of the people you serve? Do you know when to give your trust and when not to? Read this book!"
— Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Manager
"Dazzling...and true! It took me many years to discover the power of trust. With A Slice of Trust, you will understand so much more—and in only a few hours!"
— Carlos Tavares, Chairman, Nissan Americas
Think With Your Hands
featuring LEGO® Serious Play ® methodology
What is Think With Your Hands? It’s a brilliantly co-creative strategy session that also happens to be a lot of fun. Rooted equally in dialogue as well as kinesthetic learning, Lego bricks act as a language that gives participants permission to think expansively, creatively. The result? Innovation.
The Think With Your Hands methodology is powerful for organizational work. Organizational systems are, by definition, complex. And because Lego is a “spatial” language, it allows teams to envision complex systems – with their many subsystems and interdependencies – with remarkable (and colorful!) clarity.
Bring your team together, and David Hutchens will equip them with Lego bricks packaged specifically for strategic thinking by the Lego company. Together, your team members will build a three-dimensional vision of their desired future system.
Where do I begin?
A Think With Your Hands session typically runs about 2 to 3 hours. It is equally effective as a fun team energizer, or as a strategic visioning session with urgent implications for the organization.
The exercise works with groups as small as eight team members, or with as many as 1,000 people in a hotel ballroom.
Immersive Leadership Experiences at the US Olympic Training Center and more
Now THIS is cool. "Circle of the 9 Muses" explores the opportunity for transformative learning that can happen when we step into a compelling story. Why not experience it yourself? In partnership with his friends at "Experience to Lead," David Hutchens facilitates unforgettable learning experiences at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston; at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; and at Gettysburg historic battleground. You can learn more about it at "Experience to Lead," or simply contact David for details.
GO Team™: Empowering Team Performance
Welcome to GO Team, your just-in-time training resource for teams in any kind of organization. With a library of 18, mission-critical team-related topics, GO Team lets you set the team's training agenda. Each module of learning is around two hours; some area a little more. But all modules are easy to set up and use.
Where should your team begin its journey of team development? We've got 18 ideas for you!