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Listen in on real-world stories about leveraging listening and storytelling to become a better leader and management professional.

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JEROME DEROY

Chief Executive Officer | Lead Trainer: Sales and Training

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JULIENNE B. RYAN

Training Consultant / HR Specialist

Leadership Story Talks is a podcast hosted by Jerome Deroy, CEO of Narativ, and Julienne Ryan, business author, communication and HR specialist, and frequent Narativ training contributor.

In each episode, Jerome and Jules discuss the practices that engage, motivate, develop, retain, and attract people to businesses, whether these are your customers or your employees. Their principles and tools are based on real world stories that leverage listening and storytelling to become a better leader and management professional.

LEADERSHIP STORY TALKS

with Jerome Deroy and Julienne Ryan

Running into Walls and AI Ethics with Laura Miller

“Walls don’t always look like what you think they do. Sometimes walls look like a no. Sometimes walls look like a oh heck no (…)…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss The Business of Story

In this series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode they…

Storytelling in Business with Park Howell

“Why does this one work? And why is this one an utter failure? Well, it turned out this one actually had a story structure of…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Caring Bosses & AI

In this series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode they…

AI, Humans & The Workplace with Cesar Keller

“I love the saying “no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. It doesn’t matter how wise and knowledgeable…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Difficult Conversations

In this series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode they…

Navigating Difficult Conversations with Todd Davis

“If we realize, wait a minute, I can reduce the pain, and actually I can make progress if I focus first and foremost on balancing…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Pay Equity

In this series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode they…

Pay Equity with Sally Loftis

“Are you engaging people who are just trying to survive day to day and pay their bills? Or do you engage with people who have…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Listening to Our Ancestors

In this new series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode…

Mental Health in the Age of Digital Technology with Craig Delarge

“May we have a level of wisdom and literacy and will and purpose that allows us to rise to the occasion of using our technologies…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Listening With People

In this new series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode…

Listening With People with Corine Jansen

“We should take more time for self-awareness and reflection to become aware of our instruments. How do we resonate with people with different views or…

It’s Always About People

In this new series of shorter podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. When you’re managing…

Speaking the Language of Project Management with Kory Kogon

“Every single person in the organization should understand the language of something (…), a leader should understand the language of project management, so they understand…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Giving Everyone a Voice

In this new series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode…

Creating Workplace Wellness by Increasing Emotional Intelligence with Erica Reed

“If you don’t know what to say and you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing, you say nothing. And then you have to have an…

Jerome & Julienne Discuss Intention + Attention

In this new series of short podcasts, Jerome and Julienne discuss issues brought up by one of their Leadership Story Talks guests. In this episode…

Building a Business Based on Kindness with Christy Pretzinger

“When I first started my business, I said to my accountant at the time, if I can’t build a business based on kindness, then I’ll…

Becoming AI Literate Citizens in a Global World with Melissa Drew

“In order for us to be AI literate, we have to be aware of what and how much data we’re creating. We have to understand…

Data, Stories & Systemic Changes in Financial Health with Matt Bahl

“How do we get employers to say that their workers are not risks to be managed but humans worthy of investment and dignity? That is…

Creating Human Connection in Healthcare & Beyond with Derek McCracken

“Every conversation is a fresh performance. And even though we have skill sets we’re bringing forward, that person is listening to this for the first…

Setting Intentions

“What is your story right now? What’s your story going to be for this year and beyond? January is always that month when you have…

How to Access Authenticity with Hava Horowitz

“I’m thinking of authenticity on a moment-to-moment basis, in a threefold way: one, can I locate what feels true for me in this moment? This…

Failing Forward

“We don’t have control. We can only have control of what we’re doing and how we’re reacting, and appreciating how the other people might be…

Embracing Humanity in Storytelling and Leadership

“I’d like to think that the stories that we tell on behalf of our clients are helping them remember their why, their reason for being,…

Why Story? Why Now?

“Even if you’ve told a story a thousand times to different audiences, every time you’re going to tell that story to a new audience in…

Bringing the Human Edge with Lisa Danels

“If each one of us is aligned in that space where we have access to our heart, head, and gut, we have an incredible capacity…

Finding the Funny After Failure with C.M. Conway

“Once you get past the emotional reaction, what is this failure telling me? Is it telling me to stop? Is it telling me to persevere?…

Navigating Change & Emotion with Intention

“Almost on a day-to-day basis, you hear things that you really do not believe in. It pushes your buttons, makes you angry, sad, upset, whatever…

Learning to Be Authentic with Ehsan Fahmi

“There are all these different types of people that I’ve coached: men, women, executives, graduates, it doesn’t matter. They all have the same challenge, and…

Data-Based DEI with Miranda McKie

“You would go into these leadership meetings and for everything else it would be “okay, let me see the financials, let me see the numbers…

Unmuted with Heather Hansen

“We need to start inviting everyone to the table if we want to have innovation and growth, because we’re losing half our talent here or…

Leadership Story Talks | Season Two

Welcome to a new season of Leadership Story Talks!  In this episode, Jerome and Julienne kick off the new season and introduce the theme for…

REPLAY ~ Leadership Story Talks | Leaders Listen

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on April 24th 2023. For this podcast series, Jerome and Julienne have…

REPLAY ~ Leadership Story Talks | From Athlete to CEO with Niall Dunne – Narativ

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on January 23rd 2023 Julienne and Jerome speak to Niall Dunne, CEO…

REPLAY ~ Measuring Justice with Amy Bach

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on March 27th 2023 Julienne and Jerome speak with Amy Bach, founder…

REPLAY ~ Learning to Keep Your Mouth Shut with Dan Lyons

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on March 20th 2023 What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tim Cook, Barack…

REPLAY ~ Live Storytelling Coaching with Anna Vafeiadou

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on December 13th 2022. Julienne and Jerome discuss how storytelling has enhanced…

REPLAY ~ Leadership Story Talks | Our Origin Story

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on October 25th 2022. In this episode, Jerome and Julienne reflect back…

REPLAY ~ Socratic Dialogue with Sira Abenoza

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on April 11th 2022. In this episode Jerome and Julienne talk with…

REPLAY ~ Making The Workplace Work Better for Working People with Matt Bahl

This is a replay of a Leadership Story Talks podcast that originally posted on December 8th 2021. Jerome and Julienne talk with Matt Bahl –…

Looking Back and Looking Forward

It’s the last episode of the season! Jerome and Julienne take a moment to reflect on what they’ve learned from all the inspiring guests they…

The Portfolio Life with Christina Wallace

Are you interested in many different things, and if so, have you permitted yourself to be all of who you are? How do you build…

Organizational Culture with Pernilla Rorso

“People have their personalities, there’s professional culture and there’s an organizational culture. Everything plays a role, but you can say national culture runs the deepest…

Everyday Leadership with Ash Beckham

“Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you can lead right now. It’s not just when you open your laptop or walk in the door at…

The Power of Saying No

Are you someone who prefers to say yes, or are you someone who likes to say no? And can you think of experiences where using…

The Greatest Song with Kevin Griffin

The music business is notoriously fickle, but some people, such as Kevin Griffin, manage to stay for a long time. What did he do that…

Pay Attention to The Tension

In this episode, we explore the line between comfort and discomfort. Tension and ease.  When do we need to stretch ourselves and put ourselves in…

Listen Courageously with Juliana Tafur

“All it takes is one person’s recognition of the other person’s suffering, humanity and value for the other person to go ‘you see me, you…

What it Means to be a Man

How do stereotypes affect leadership? How can we empower people, and men in particular, to question those stereotypes, take control of their identity and be…

Alexandre Seiler | Global People Leader

“People want choice, optionality, and flexibility. They don’t want to be told what to do.”  In this episode, Julienne and Jerome sit down with Alex…

Innovating for Diversity

Better product development, greater innovation, and better performance- many companies and people see the benefits of greater diversity. But what if we flip the script…

Leaders Listen

For this podcast series, Jerome and Julienne have been talking to many people about leadership. In this episode, they look back at the conversations they’ve…

Curtis Bateman Author of Change: How To Turn Uncertainty Into Opportunity

Change is often challenging, both for individuals and organizations. Why do we so often push back? And how can leaders help people through change? In…

Upcoming Workshop & What To Expect

The world we live in is volatile and filled with uncertainty. How do you navigate that as a leader? How do you know where to…

What Do You Do When You’re Late?

What happens when we’re late? What do we do when we’re late, and what do we do when we’re the ones waiting? In this episode,…

Measuring Justice with Amy Bach

Julienne and Jerome speak with Amy Bach, founder and CEO of Measures for Justice, a criminal justice nonprofit that develops data tools and services that…

Learning to Keep Your Mouth Shut with Dan Lyons

What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tim Cook, Barack Obama, Richard Branson, and Larry King have in common? They are great listeners and know when to…

Dealing with Grief at Work

Sooner or later, we all go through it: grief and loss. How do we deal with grief and loss, in the workplace and beyond? How…

Well-Being In The Workplace

How are you spending your time? Are you intentional about it and do you take your wellness into account, or do you put in time…

Engaging people with Head of People Sasha Robinson

Jules and Jerome talk to Sasha Robinson, Head of People at Trainual, a company that codifies processes related to the people function of an enterprise,…

The Power of Mentorship with Garrett Richardson

Garrett Richardson has had a sense of purpose ever since he did a summer internship at the Freedom School, mentoring young people in Newark to…

Differentiate yourself through storytelling

In this episode, we discuss the current market conditions, and mixed messages headlines are giving us. Especially for people in tech, there’s a lot of…

Storytelling in Healthcare

Julienne and Jerome discuss healthcare and how storytelling can improve dialogue between patients and doctors. What they uncover in this episode is the importance of…

From Athlete to CEO with Niall Dunne

Julienne and Jerome speak to Niall Dunne, CEO of Polymateria, a company that is working on solving the enormous, worldwide problem of plastic pollutants. You’ll…

Building A Better World of Work with Craig Forman

Julienne and Jerome were excited to discuss the science of people with Craig Forman, from Culture Amp, a company that is dedicated to improving employee…

Building relationships in 2023

Julienne and Jerome discuss the art of building relationships and trust through an experience that Julienne had before the holidays. She describes how her assumptions…

2023 Trends to Follow

Happy New Year! In this first episode of 2023, Julienne and Jerome discuss HR trends in 2023, based on an article that Julienne was invited…

2022 Year In Review

Jerome and Julienne discuss lessons learned from the 5 most popular episodes of 2022, which are all linked below in the show notes. From Zev…

Live Storytelling Coaching with Anna Vafeiadou

Julienne and Jerome discuss how storytelling has enhanced their guest’s presentation and leadership skills. Anna Vafeiadou is responsible for the legal sector of the WWF…

Scientific Problem Solving with Gianna Biscontini

Julienne and Jerome speak to Gianna Biscontini, a board certified behavior analyst, bestselling author, and founder of W3RKWELL, a company that is dedicated to creating…

Heather Walker, PhD – Levity At Work

In this episode, we welcome Heather Walker, PhD, who has made a career of promoting, and implementing levity at work, through a variety of means….

Onboarding with Personal Stories

Jerome recently was invited as an expert speaker to appear on a panel along with two other experts to discuss onboarding. The central question posed:…

Leadership In A VUCA World

The acronym VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. Does this resonate with you right now? How does leadership respond to such an environment? Julienne…

The Connected Community with Cormac Russell

Cormac Russell is a social explorer, an author and a much sought-after speaker. He is the Founding Director of Nurture Development and a member of…

Brand Citizenship with Anne Bahr Thompson

Anne Bahr Thompson has a rich and layered background, from business school to banking to branding to research and advertising to purpose. Anne connects the…

Our Origin Story

In this episode, Jerome and Julienne reflect back on their meeting. Julienne had reached out to Jerome and members of the Narativ team, that led…

Quiet Listening with Jerome Deroy and Julienne B Ryan

In this episode, we look back to what we were talking about exactly a year ago, when we started the podcast. From a post pandemic…

Happier at Work with Aoife O’Brien

We welcome Aoife O’Brien in this episode. She’s the founder of Happier at Work, a business with the mission to support organizations in retaining top…

Psychological Safety with Sona Sherratt

In this episode of Story Talks, we welcome Sona Sherratt of Ashridge where she designs, teaches and client directs on several executive education programmes with…

Responsible Leadership with Earl Breon

In this episode, we welcome Earl Breon, a former active duty United States Marine with over 25 years of experience in coaching and leadership development….

Zev Shalev – Seeking The Truth in Storytelling

In this episode, Julienne and Jerome talk to Zev Shalev, CEO of Narativ Studios and Cool Wolf Inc. Yes, you read that right, Narativ spelled…

Answer Intelligence with Brian Glibkowski

In this episode, Jerome and Julienne are talking with the creator of Answer Intelligence (AQ)™, Dr. Brian Glibkowski. When Dr. Glibkowski wanted to know what…

Passion, Paycheck, Environment – with Jodi Brockington

In this episode, Jerome and Julienne talk to Jodi Brockington, who is a hiring, career, Diversity & Inclusion, and Corporate Social Responsibility consultant, with many…

Socratic Dialogue with Sira Abenoza

In this episode Jerome and Julienne talk with Sira Abenoza, a professor at ESADE business and law schools in Barcelona, Spain. She created the Institute…

Crisis Lessons

In this episode of Story Talks, Julienne and Jerome discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine, and what they’re learning about leadership, listening and dealing with…

Leading Into The Unknown with Paul Browde, MD

Jerome and Julienne talk with Narativ co-founder Dr Paul Browde. Paul is a psychiatrist, a Narativ therapist, a marriage guidance counselor  and an actor. Paul…

We need to talk about the benefits cliff with Karen Schoellkopf

In this episode, Jerome and Julienne talk with Karen Schoellkopf, founder and CEO of Leap Fund. We look at Karen’s journey from MFA to tech…

Financial Health Expert George Grombacher

In this Story Talks episode Jerome and Julienne talk with George Grombacher who has worked in personal finance for 20 years and has been named a top…

Dialogue

In this short episode: Jerome and Julienne talk about the importance of silence in dialogue. How listening is key to understanding and not to be…

New Year Intentions vs Resolutions

Here is 2022! Julienne and Jerome discuss the value of setting an intention instead of beating yourself up about not coming through with your New…

Lessons from start up CEO Penny Schiffer

Why are Venture Capitalists not using tech to help them do their work?  That’s where Raized.ai, the company that Penny Schiffer created, comes in. Penny…

Making The Workplace Work Better for Working People

Jerome and Julienne talk with Matt Bahl – VP and head of workplace financial health, Financial Health Network. In this episode of Story Talks we…

The Value of Personal Storytelling

In this podcast Jerome Deroy and Julienne Ryan talk about the ways in which leaders can connect with their employees with personal stories in the…

How to share key knowledge for recruitment and retention

In this episode, Jules and Jerome take a deeper dive into something that they scratched the surface of in episode 1. That thing is knowledge…

Learning from First Graders

What can we learn from first graders and the school system to welcome back our colleagues into an in-person office environment? This episode considers the…

Vulnerability In Business

What happens when a leader tells a personal story about his father to a business audience? Does vulnerability connect you with your audience or does…

Knowledge Transfer in a remote workplace

Story Talks is a podcast hosted by Jerome Deroy and Julienne Ryan.In each episode we discuss the practices that engage, motivate, develop, retain, and attract…