Archive for 2010


Seasons greetings from Anecdote

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 21, 2010
Filed in Fun

Its that time of year again. I opened the post office box this morning and found it brimming with wishes for the festive season. Its a great time of year to reflect on the relationships we value and to reach out and connect with them. Shawn and I want to thank all the great people […]

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Anecdote’s Storytelling Workshop in London – Feb 2011

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 13, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

To register for this workshop visit Wednesday 16th February 2011, 9am-5pm Seats are limited. Last year we sold out quickly. Please register to confirm your seat. “Last year when I ran this workshop in London two participants, Kevin and Greg, moved their families to Australia and Kevin is now working for Anecdote. So is […]

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Sneak preview of Zahmoo – the world’s first story bank in the cloud

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 7, 2010
Filed in News

For all our blog readers thanks for your patience. We realise we’ve been less active on our blog than usual. The thing is, there’s been a little project on our plate called Zahmoo that’s been keeping us busy. Today we’ve released the first public viewing of Zahmoo. It’ll soon be released into the wild–how exciting!. […]

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How Story Collection Won the War

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —November 23, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I recently read a fascinating account of how story collection made a real difference in America winning the Second World War (or at least their part in it). Rob Yeung tells the story about the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the psychologist John C. Flanagan in his recent book The Extra One Per […]

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Brain Blast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 14, 2010
Filed in News

Our friends at Quick Think are running one of their creativity and thinking workshops, the Brain Blast, on the 3rd December in Melbourne. You can get all the details here and sign up for the session here. A great way to get the juices flowing to cap off the year.

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Collaboration on the Moon

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last week I was in Yeppoon in Queensland delivering a keynote and workshop on collaboration at an innovation in government forum. In the workshop I used an activity mentioned by Bob Sutton in his new book ‘Good Boss, Bad Boss‘. Bob is also the author of ‘The No Asshole Rule’ that we have blogged about […]

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In praise of imperfect stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My daughter and I recently watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show and our DVD has the option to play the audience participation sound track while you watch the movie. It brought back fond memories from the early eighties going to screenings where we would take our rice, water pistols, confetti and newspapers and for every […]

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An approach to mentoring

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 19, 2010
Filed in Culture

Sometimes you just need a few things to get started. I think this is the case for mentoring. We have been helping a company develop a mentoring culture and in typical Anecdote style we collected 50 stories of good and bad mentoring in the organisation and then help potential mentors draw lessons from these stories […]

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The Party Thieves by Barrie Cassidy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 17, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

The meeting of MPs “happened in his office in September 2009, when a delegation chosen by the backbench went to see him about a proposal to cut MP printing allowances. This was an issue that directly affected the ability of the backbenchers to do their job, yet the decision had been taken without any consultation […]

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Leadership at all levels

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I spend an enjoyable day yesterday at the AFR leadership conference in Sydney. The first speaker was Alex Malley, CEO of CPA Australia. Alex noted that all of us have childhood experiences that shape our views on leadership. He told a story about his first leadership experience. My recollection of his story is as follows: […]

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