Did you know February 26th is international “Tell a Fairy Tale Day”? Of course not.
You might think, like most adults, that Fairy Tales are for children. Because they are naïve enough to believe Elves, Dragons and Dwarfs exist. We adults deal with serious matters, so we are not gullible enough to believe in magic, even less in fairy tales in business. Really?
Then how do you explain the huge commercial success of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit? How about all those “serious” guys who spend nights playing World of Warcraft, buy lottery cards every week and can’t wait for the rise of Virtual Reality?
As Tolkien, one of the most renowned experts in “Faëry” likes to remind us, fairy tales have primarily been written for adults, with the intent to inspire, comfort or help them grow. In our cruelly “disenchanted” business world, we have decided to confine dream and magic to childhood. Yet, most of us are fascinated (which is a form of belief) by magic and would love to believe in fairy tales in business, even if we would not consciously admit it.
So why not let go of our fear of ridicule and truly live this magic? As Harmonists whose primary mission is to help reenchanting companies, we believe there are many benefits in reintroducing some “faëry” in your organizations. How would Tolkien go about it? Here are his 4 dimensions of “faëry” and very practical tips to apply fairy tales in business:
Nota bene: We are not talking about “making up fake stories”, we are talking about adding some magic and fantasy in daily work so that others can voluntarily embark on a wonderful journey with you.