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The Star Thrower Story

As individuals, we can choose to take action and participate in the world. In this program, master storyteller Joel Barker shares one of his most cherished stories, The Star Thrower. His rendition, set to stunning photography, effectively reminds us that we all have the ability to make a difference.

Benefits:
  • Inspires people to identify their gifts and take action
  • Increases employee contribution
  • Energizes leaders and teams

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Star Thrower Story

Run time: 6 Minutes

The classic Loren Eisley story depicted in this short video can be used as a meeting opener, meeting closer or as the centerpiece of a full training session.

As the story goes...there was once a wise man who was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead, was reaching down to the shore, picking up starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.

When asked why he was throwing Starfish into the ocean, the young man answered "The sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don't throw them in they'll die". The wise man replied "But don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach with Starfish all along it, and that you can't possibly make a difference!"

The young man listened politely, then bent down, picked up another Starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves. "It made a difference for that one", he said.

Barker explains to us that the young man's actions represent something that is special in each and every one of us. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference. And if we can, like the young man, become aware of that gift, we gain-- through the strength of our vision--the power to shape the future.

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Contents

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  • Training Guide, PowerPoint Presentation, Self-Study Guide, Transcript PDFs on the DV-Rom

Testimonials


Praise for The Star Thrower Story:

"I have been a big fan of Joel Barker for many years so I was drawn to it by his involvement. I saw immediately that it made several impressions upon me -- that excellence is done piece by piece, moment by moment; not all at once. So one must focus and give all they have at each engagement. Finally, that it is worth it to give your very best, even if it seems all is lost. That just because others we work with may not be giving their all or may not be performing at the level they should or are needed to, that is no reason for one to feel that doing their very best will not make a dent...so why bother.

"We are using the Star Thrower Story in new hire orientation. People seem to get it and I think it sets a good tone and foundation for the rest of the orientation and initial weeks ahead."

-Phil Annarino
-Director, Human Resources
-Licking Memorial Health Systems



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