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The role of a story in lessons learning

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

Chris Collison is pondering the usefulness of the Kolb learning cycle as the basis for many of the lessons learning activities organisations conduct. I agree with Chris’ observation that most organisations don’t build in reflection and therefore are unable to reformulate what they have learned to change behaviour. And like Chris I’m not sure of […]

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The Anecdote Team

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 21, 2008
Filed in Fun

In case you haven’t seen the faces of Anecdote, here’s our Christmas 07 photo. You can read our short bios or take a look at our updated company profile. And here is what the Christmas party really looked like. Suggested captions are welcomed (what were Mark and Robyn illustrating?)

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Masters of Collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 21, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

BusinessWeek picks up on the move to collaboration in the creative and sometimes ego-driven world of product design. “Just as forward-thinking engineering firms have worked to team up with design partners to offer a holistic output to clients, many design consultancies have responded to the seismic shifts in technology and culture by adopting a radical, […]

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Collaboration’s resurgence

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 20, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Everywhere I turn recently and I hear people talking about the need to collaborate as if the idea was new. Why has collaboration become the capability organisations must have? And why now? I think I have an inkling. About 20 years ago a lot was being written about collaboration (this was just the growing snowball […]

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An exciting storytelling event in Copenhagen – the movie

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Late last year I teamed up with Madelyn Blair, Terrence Gargiulo, Michael Margolis, Limor Shiponi, and Karen Dietz to start a new community of practice called Worldwide Story Work. We created a Ning workspace to conduct our online conversations and I see we now have 88 members. If you care about story work in organisations […]

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Storytelling, Business Narrative and Community of Practice Workshops

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

2008 marks a busy year for Anecdote and this graphic gives you an idea of our workshop schedule. Storytelling is represented with bears, business narrative with fish and communities of practice with balloons. As you can see we are running workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. Here is the full, printable version of […]

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Starting a community of practice – fostering relationships

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

In starting any community of practice, the first objective is to help the members recognise the value they will get from being and working together. Often we will help organisations kick their communities off with a work shop that has a number of objectives but perhaps the most important is to foster deeper connections among […]

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Why sensemaking is vital

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 14, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

I was listening to Melvyn Bragg’s radio program, In Our Time , this morning on my iPod. The topic was Albert Camus. In discussing his novel, The Stranger, one of the distinguished panellists felt that Camus was suggesting that meaning is not pre-inscribed in the world around us and we are continuously seeking meaning in […]

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Thoughts to actions

Posted by  chandni —January 14, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

The best thing we could do for ourselves is reflect on the way we think. I read that in a book once (as a wisdom tip!) Our thoughts affect the way we feel about something (emotions) and the way we react to situations (our behavior) and that chain reaction determines the outcome (results). At Anecdote, […]

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Using a story spine for a reflection activity

Posted by  Daryl Cook —January 11, 2008
Filed in Fun

During a workshop I was recently involved in, I introduced the story spine to a couple of participants to help them to tell a story using the simple framework. Not only did they embrace it enthusiastically and use it to great effect, unexpectedly the framework was adapted for a different purpose. A small group of […]

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