Marshall Ganz, Plots, and Leadership

Marshall Ganz says that “a plot consists of just three elements: a challenge, a choice, and an outcome.” Such a simple structure helps to ground a repeatable story as the perfect collection of:

  • A fork in the road appears with pros and cons and unknowns.
  • One’s choice says everything about their values, motivations, and character.
  • What results communicates the cause and effect of one’s actions.

The moral do the story is what lingers. The story makes it repeatable to others.