MORE MAGIC OF METAPHOR: Stories for leaders, influencers and motivators by Nick Owen

Genres: Counseling, Philosophy, Educational Philosophy, Nonfiction

Rating: 3/5

Recommend to: Product managers, Marketers, Start-up founders, Entrepreneurs, People in sales, Coaches, HR.

Number of pages: 335 pages


I loved the first book Magic of Metaphor, so for me to pick up More Magic of Metaphor was simply a matter of time. The second book continues the narrative from the first – the learning process between an apprentice and his mentor (but now it is between an apprentice and a magic carpet). If you are looking for coaching, leadership, or storytelling material then this book is something you should pick up. Nick has collected and shared with us a lot of wonderful, thought-provoking and emotional stories that will make you think, laugh or cry. The book is written in such a way that almost each story can be interpreted in more than one way, depending what you are searching for. But in the end the second book (More magic of metaphor) is not as good as the first book (Magic of metaphor). If you are collecting stories as I am, then this is definitely a must read for you.


  • The meaning of our communication is not what we think it means, it is what our listeners or readers think we mean.
  • Stories connect ideas with people’s lived experience.
  • Leadership is not taken but given. People choose to follow those whom they trust and whose behaviour and actions are totally congruent. If you do nto walk your talk, people are unlikely to perceive you as a leader.
  • Influencers (motivators) seek to build alliances for the long term, believing that people will be willing to work with someone who demonstrates they have their interests at heart, as well as their own.
  • The word motivation means movement towards something or away from something. So how do you motivate others? By offering somethign they value! Find out what people value!
  • The way you interpret a story, or anything else for that matter, always says more about you, and your values and beliefs, than it say about whatever it is being interpreted.
  • Each one of us is limited by our current knowledge and experience.
  • Stillness, inner strength and quietness can have much greater impact than posturing and displays of aggression or intellect.
  • Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for all your actions.
  • Silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • There is no other time but now. The past is a coding of what we think happened. The future is an imaginary construct based on our past experience.
  • If the learners can’t learn in the way the teachers teaches, the teacher need to learn to teach in the way the learner learns.
  • Rogue individuals are necessary to generate creativity and innovation, to challenge the old wisdom and make things happen.
  • Rogue individuals have great gifts to offer. Equally they can be destructive if not recognised or given productive work.
  • Definition of motivation implies movement towards or away from something. We tend to move towards things that we value and that give us pleasure, and away from things we don’t value, that give us pain.
  • Motivation is based on people’s valuing systems. Excellent leaders take time to find out what each person values.
  • The easiest and most elegant way to engineer change is to do it within people’s natural valuing and thinking processes.
  • Disappointment in the present moment might be exactly what is required for success later in life.
  • Excessive comfort can seriously diminish learning and development opportunities.
  • Success requires rigour and discipline, and the nurturing of talent and resources through time.
  • Blame perpetuates cycles of ignorance.
  • Only when people become open to the possibility of other views, other choices and other opportunities can real change take place.
  • Influence is the ability to flow naturally and without resistance alongside another’s preferences, values and beliefs.
  • To succeed in most walks of life you need to be only as good as/or a little better than the “opposition” not only is the search for perfection time consuming and wasteful of resources; the chances are that, once you’ve found “perfection”, time and circumstances have already moved on and your perfect solution has become irrelevant.
  • The ability to work within the natural patterns of others is a critical skill for anyone who wishes to be an effective and inspiring leader.
  • All behaviours and all valuing and belief systems are patterned. If you take time to find a person’s buying pattern, you will never need to sell to them.
  • Disturbance and confusion stimulate the brain and the natural desire to make connections between things.
  • Avoid saying things unless you mean them and are willing to actively carry them out.
  • 4 = ? is a much better question than 2+2 =? The principle behind this is that by asking a question in a way as 4 = ? is that you get more answers/options that the other way around.
  • Great leaders create an environment in which others can thrive, can grow and can reach their full potencial in order to achieve certain objectives.
  • People need to have some idea about why there is a problem and what alternatives exist to do things differently.
  • All humans have the latent capacity to unlock new potential in the brain, but this happens only as the conditions in which we live become more complex.
  • The thinking and valuing system each of us adopts to deal with the conditions we live in influences the way we perceive reality.
  • Patterns of behaviour observed over time are one of the most reliable forms of feedback. Observe what the feet do just as much as what the mouth says.
  • Quick fixes are generaly short fixes.


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