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Thanks is good business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 11, 2010
Filed in Communication, Employee Engagement

When we collect stories in companies one of the most common anecdotes is the one about the boss who fails to recognise their staff’s work. People want to be thanked, appreciated, recognised regardless of their level in the organisation or their level of skill or expertise. Dan Ariely conducted a simple experiment described in his […]

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Four things you need to have in your head

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 29, 2010
Filed in Leadership, Strategy

Have you ever had this happen to you? I was chatting with a senior leader asking him about their organisational values. “Yeh, sure, we have a set of values. Let me see, where did I put the annual report?” He then ferreted around his office to find the list of values. There are some things […]

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A simple practice for building your story repertoire

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 19, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

How do you remember so many stories? I get this question a lot and for some time I didn’t really know the answer. I certainly believe stories are important, that they are memorable, help you connect with your audience and all the other many benefits we talk about on this blog. But how does one […]

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Unlocking your iPhone from Optus while travelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 11, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, News

I’m in Singapore at the moment. Had an amazing time last week because I spent three days with many of the story practitioners I really admire at the Origins Business Narrative Conference and learned heaps. But there was a glitch. Whenever I travel overseas with my trusty iPhone I get hit with ridiculous global and […]

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How do you organise your stories?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 17, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I didn’t realise it at the time but when we started this blog back in 2004 we were creating a type of story bank where we could go back and retrieve great stories to tell. Recently we have made this more accessible with Story Finder. We have an even more sophisticated system we use internally […]

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Putting stories to work is more than storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 16, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Telling, telling, telling … ┬áSo many in the field of story work focus on storytelling. Sure, telling a good story at the right time has impact. But storytelling represents a mere fraction of what can be done with business stories. Here is one little example. Last year I had a call from Kirstyn. She works […]

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Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

Thomas Jefferson was a great believer in luck, and he found that the harder he worked the luckier he got. His friend and fellow signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, shared this belief in hard work and self development. From a remarkably young age Franklin understood the importance of practice. Not the kind […]

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Organisational Development Australia (ODA) Annual Conference in a couple of weeks

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

I’m looking forward to heading down to the Novatel on the Upper Esplanade in St Kilda for the annual ODA retreat. It all happens on the 24-25 August. I believe there are still some places to be had. I’ll be presenting a couple of sessions on using narrative techniques to support change initiatives. Lots of […]

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Stories or just the facts?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 6, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Bob Dickman, who wrote Elements of Persausion, just sent me this note that has this thought provoking story in it which I though you would like. If you are in California you might like to attend his storytelling workshop. I’ve just returned from visiting some friends of mine in Maui. They told me an amazing […]

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Clarity Rules

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2010
Filed in Communication

My friend Greg Stewart is putting his blogging efforts at Clarity Rules behind a movement he cares deeply about: the pursuit of clarity. His manifesto is simple: There is a great movement afoot, and I want to help: Tribes have been started by the likes of Garr Reynolds of Presentation Zen, Nancy Duarte of Slide:ology, […]

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