Words of Wisdom for
Leadership, Learning, and Life in
Exactly 99 Words

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Why Exactly 99?

99 is a nice round number - almost. And these stories are also nicely rounded out and complete - almost!

In each, there is room for interpretation and the opportunity to add your own meaning. Since you can't be expected to read between the lines if all the lines are filled, I'll leave the "last word" in each story to you!

Whether you find a story you love or hate, please your reaction!



99-Word Stories by ,
Creative Learning Director of
The Flirefly Group.
© 2017 Brian Remer
Updated Jan. 2017

What are 99-Word Stories?

99-Word Stories are powerful essays written briefly and to the point. Each contains a meaningful message with enough wiggle room for your own interpretation. Whether you use them for your own enjoyment, or the enrichment of your work team, what you think!

What would you like to do?

You can also read 99-Word Stories in the following on-line publications:

99's on the 9th - A 99-Word Story, discussion questions, and a brief interpretation ready to use with your group or just for yourself. Read the latest issue HERE then email brian(at)thefirefly.org to be added to the mailing list for free.


For December 2016
An Empty Desk: Procrastinate for Productivity
How do you see procrastination in your organization? Do you address the issue head on? Perhaps you'd rather put it off for another day! There are many legitimate explanations for what we commonly refer to as procrastination. You can have a productive conversation with your team by identify the various reasons for putting things off. Start with the 99-Word Story this month - but don't wait, do it now!

Power Tip: If the complexity of a project prevents people from starting, help them identify short-term, doable goals. Take small steps to keep moving forward.


For January 2017
Simply Exact: Brevity Can be Better
If you want to insure precision, you should explain as completely as possible. That's the conventional wisdom. Yet sometimes the more we say, the more confusion grows in the minds of others. Spark a conversation with your team about when being brief can actually lead to better communication in this issue of 99's on the 9th.

Power Tip: Build trust and brief conversations can have more power.


The Firefly News Flash - Discoveries, ideas, and activities related to leadership, learning, and creativity all connected to one 99-Word Story. Read the latest monthly publication HERE. Send your e-mail address to brian(at)thefirefly.org for your FREE subscription.

The Thiagi GameLetter - A rich on-line resource for active and playful learning techniques for use by teachers and trainers. CLICK HERE to learn more or to subscribe. It's free!

Lessons for Leadership in 99 Words or Less - A recorded webinar available through Training Payback Network that you can watch for free. CLICK to find out why shorter can be better, experience 99-Word Story activities, and learn power tips for writing.

99-Word Stories - A self-paced presentation about 99-Word Stories that uses several examples to explain how to write them and how to learn from them. VIEW it and discover an alternative to the typical slide presentation.

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