The Power of Pull

In a world that is transforming around us by the moment, we need to learn how to tap into flows of new knowledge.

The Power of Pull
To get better faster at whatever it is you do, you’ve got to be supported by a broad array of complementary people and resources from which you can pull what you need.
— Hagel, Brown, and Davison, The Power of Pull

The Power of Pull

In The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, we learn from three distinguished authors the importance and necessity to discover and create new formulas for success in a world that is transforming around us by the moment.

In such a world, information now flows more like water, and we must learn how to tap into its stream and pull what we need when we need it.

Economic value now moves from collections of knowledge to "flows" of new knowledge. That means that what we learned and already know is becoming less and less useful and valuable by the moment too.

We need to learn how to tap into flows of new knowledge that can help lead us forward.

To get better faster at whatever it is you do, you’ve got to be supported by a broad array of complementary people and resources from which you can pull what you need.

There are three basic levels of pull that the authors have identified. Pull systems help us:

  1. Find and access people and resources when we need them
  2. Attract people and resources that are relevant and valuable even if we don't know if or where they exist
  3. Develop the capacity within ourselves to access the insight we need to achieve our desired results and potential

Discovering the Power of Pull

By luck or accident, I made several key decisions in 2009 that created a pull system for leading me and my work forward.

It's only been in the last six months that I've been able to connect the dots looking backward and understand why and how it has mysteriously allowed my work to advance and lead me forward with seemingly little direction on my part.

Pull is the ability to attract people and resources to you that are relevant and valuable, even if you were not even aware before that they existed. Think here of serendipity rather than search. — Hagel, Brown, and Davison, The Power of Pull

One of the most powerful forms of pull is a narrative and was first articulated in 2011 by John Hagel. "Narratives have an extraordinary power of pull." (See The Pull of Narrative.)

A narrative is not a story. A story has a beginning, middle, and end, whereas a narrative is open-ended. A narrative is made up of a collection of stories or in my case, interviews.

I believe Forward Thinking narratives uncover exciting new perspectives you need to succeed in today’s world and will define the great workplaces of the 21st century.

We explored Forward Thinking narratives in my recent webinar series and here are the key things to know:

  1. A narrative pulls people to act, innovate, and learn together and is a powerful way to lead yourself or your organization forward.
  2. Can begin where you are with a simple intention or question.
  3. Create a generative holding space for new possibilities.
  4. Help us have conversations that otherwise wouldn’t happen.
  5. Help us move from living in the past to creating the future.
  6. Provide a framework that helps us focus our attention, make sense, and build understanding.

If you'd like to view a recording of the last webinar event, please email bill@billfox.co to request a link.

Join the Narratives

In 2022, I'm launching two new initiatives that will help you experience and benefit more fully from the power of Forward Thinking Narratives.

Be Part of the Forward Thinking Workplaces Narrative

Pull helps us to find and access people and resources when we need them. At a second level, pull is the ability to attract people and resources to you that are relevant and valuable, even if you were not even aware before that they existed. Think here of serendipity rather than search. — Ann Badillo, et al., Narrative Generation

In January of 2022, a new monthly workshop begins that will help you benefit from the incredible insights, advice, and wisdom that have emerged from the Forward Thinking Workplaces narrative.

The workshop occurs on the 4th Wednesday of every month beginning on January 26, 2022.

The current schedule for the first half of 2022:

  • January 26 - What Are the Most Important Questions to Ask Ourselves?
  • February 23 - What Are the Most Important Questions to Ask Leaders?
  • March 23 - What Are the Most Important Questions to Ask Employees?
  • April 27 - What Do People Really Lack and Long For at Work?
  • May 25 - How Do We Get Full Attention and Best Performance?
  • June 22 - How Do We Create Workplaces Where Every Voice Matters, Everyone Thrives and Finds Meaning, and Change and Innovation Happen Naturally?

Each attendee will also receive an updated copy of The Be a Workplace of the Future Now Series books with the latest insights for the workshop topic that's featured that month.

More information and sign up at: How to Gain Powerful New Perspectives that Drive Greater Success

Be Part of the Space Beyond Boundaries Narrative

In a world of mounting pressure and unforeseen opportunities, we need to cultivate a third level of pull—the ability to pull from within ourselves the insight and performance required to more effectively achieve our potential. — Ann Badillo, et al., Narrative Generation

In January of 2022, a new monthly workshop begins that will help you discover the space beyond your boundaries. Together, we will enhance our ability to look and listen within where we access greater awareness and creative power to shape our world and be a force for good.

The monthly workshop occurs on the 1st Wednesday of every month beginning January 2022.

Each month we will cover a topic within one of the six categories. Here is the current schedule for the first half of 2022:

  • January 5 - Forward Thinking
  • February 2 - Awareness
  • March 2 - The Mind
  • April 6 - The Journey
  • May 4 - Leadership
  • June 1 - Dialogue

More information and sign up at: Points of Leverage

Thank you for your attention and consideration. Please get in touch with me at bill@billfox.co if you'd like more information or would like to discuss any aspects of this further.

To your forward-thinking journey & space beyond!

— Bill

When we apply a narrative to the morass of information, we can connect some of the pieces and see a coherent image. And when the stories are connected in a narrative, that power grows exponentially.
— Ann Badillo, et al., Narrative Generation