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May 24 , 2014

True Story

How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business
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Is your company a storyteller-or a storydoer?
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The old way to market a business was storytelling. But in today’s world, simply communicating your brand’s story in the hope that customers will listen is no longer enough. Instead, your authentic brand must be evident in every action the organization undertakes.

Today’s most successful businesses are storydoers.

These companies create products and services that, from the very beginning, are manifestations of an authentic and meaningful story-one told primarily through action, not advertising. In True Story, creative executive Ty Montague argues that any business, regardless of size or industry, can embrace the principles of storydoing. Indeed, our best-run companies-from small start-ups to global conglomerates-organize around a coherent narrative that is then broadcast through every action they take (from product design to customer service to marketing). Montague shows why storydoing firms are nimble, more adaptive to change, and more efficiently run businesses.

Montague is a founder of the growth consultancy co:collective and the former president and CCO of J. Walter Thompson, the largest advertising agency in North America. He brings his depth of creative business experience to the book and provides a clear framework and proven process for bringing you and your customers together in the creation of your brand story.

Montague introduces five critical elements-what he calls the “the four truths and the action map”-that are the foundation of storydoing:
• the participants (your customers, partners, and employees)
• the protagonist (your company today)
• the stage (the world around your business)
• the quest (your driving ambition and contribution to the world)
• your action map (the actions that will make your story real for participants)

The book is filled with examples of how forward-thinking organizations-including Red Bull, Shaklee, Grind, TOMS Shoes, and News Corporation-are effectively using storydoing to transform their organizations and drive extraordinary results.
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