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Innovators are a bad choice for change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m thoroughly enjoying reading Influencer at the moment and the story of Dr Everett Rogers grabbed my attention. After finishing his PhD his first job was to help Iowa farmers adopt a new strain of corn which promised much higher yields. He spoke to many farmers and couldn’t get a single one to try out […]

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Indexing books with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 19, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I’ve started a new practice of jotting down, inside the front cover of a book, the anecdotes it contains. It seems to work best for modern business books that have a liberal smattering of stories throughout. It is a useful practice because, like most people, I can remember a story much better that facts and […]

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A column in The Sydney Morning Herald on collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Today I have a short column in SMH on the theme of team and community collaboration for small to medium enterprises.

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Storytelling and leadership

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

It’s obvious to most people that good leaders are good storytellers. Stories help inspire action because they transport the listener to experience the events recounted in the story in a way that conveys emotion, context and a picture of what happened, and why is happened. We remember these stories. They help change our minds and […]

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Anecdote receive award for best learning website in Asia Pacific

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2008
Filed in News

We were the very last award to be handed out at last week’s LearnX conference and Robyn and I walked up to the podium to receive the crystal pyramid from Jay Cross. Thanks again to all our blog readers and the readers of Training Magazine.

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Internal blogging builds trust in leadership

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 15, 2008
Filed in Leadership

In a blog post of 9 June over on The Melcrum Blog, Abi Signorelli describes how leaders in her organisation were blogging internally and how trust in the leadership has increased tremendously as a result. Apparently some of them are even twittering. We posted previously about the contribution of internal blogging to organisational culture change. […]

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Some books you might find useful

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 14, 2008
Filed in News

As you can probably guess I like to read and manage to get through quite a few books in the year. I noticed Amazon allows you to list books in a set of categories, so I’ve put together a preliminary list of books I recommend on the following topics: change collaboration communities of practice complexity […]

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Collaboration paper generating interest

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 13, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Our recent whitepaper ‘ Building a Collaborative Workplace‘ is generating some interest. An edited version was published in BRW last week and last night I had a new experience when interviewed live on Sky Business Channel ‘Money Makers’ program. I haven’t seen the interview yet (other than experiencing it live) and am looking forward to […]

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Intentional communities and designing for emergence

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 10, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

A couple of years ago we helped the Australian Army establish three communities of practice around these domains: doctrine, urban warfare and air manoeuvre. In the process of intentionally helping these communities get established we created the conditions for an unexpected community to arise: a community of spatial modellers. The spatial modellers created massive simulations […]

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Your brain and presentations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 7, 2008
Filed in Communication

Garr Reynolds is the presentation guru and he’s developed a series of book reviews done in an engaging and informative way using, you guessed it, presentations (search slideshare for Garr’s presentations). Here’s one on, Brain Rules. | View | Upload your own garr reynolds, presentation

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