The term, antenarrative, was coined by my doctoral mentor and friend, David Boje.
Basically, in any organization, there is always something going on. People will try to make sense of it and everyone soon settles on a shared story about what just happened. This story is called the dominant narrative. Sometimes leadership will promote a particular interpretation that serves strategic and marketing needs, like the loving characterizations of “Uncle Walt” Disney.
Sometimes these accounts are the same as those of the people who were there in the flesh to experience what happened.
Sometimes they are not.
Antenarrative is a collective speculation about what is going on before we all agree on a story. The word has two parts, ante– as in “ante up” (Place your bets!) as well as its other meaning, “before”— and narrative, that overarching story about what just happened.
We can use this idea any time we are considering an unfolding event in work or in life. Can you think of a time when the antenarratives of the people on the scene and the "party line" weren't exactly the same?