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The Good Old Training Montage

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 31, 2011
Filed in Fun

Did you ever think the good old movie training montage, found in such classic’s as The Karate Kid, Team America, or the Rocky movies, could beautifully sum up all the elements of deliberate practice? I have been doing some work over the last few weeks on developing a ‘Deliberate Practice Program’ that will […]

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Storytelling for Business Leaders in London

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 27, 2011
Filed in News

Online event registration for Storytelling for Business Leaders

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A Fair Dinkum Way to Get Stories

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 27, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

During my first week here at Anecdote I sat in on an Anecdote Circle at a large Government Department here at Melbourne. It was the first time I had seen one of these run by Shawn and I was therefore very keen to see how he did it, and anything I could pick […]

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Five conditions that encourage stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 20, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

If you read this blog there is a good chance you firmly believe in the power of stories. You might have also come to the conclusion, like I have, that it’s mighty hard to find stories when you need them. A better strategy is to collect stories when they’re told, index them and […]

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Using Stories to Make Better Coffee

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 17, 2011
Filed in Communication, Fun

I had a throughly enjoyable afternoon on Saturday learning not only how to make great coffee, but being surrounded by stories. The course was a present from my wife for Christmas and took place at the Home Barista Institute, just round the corner from the Anecdote office here in Melbourne. The course was […]

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The Otis Redding Problem

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 6, 2011
Filed in Employee Engagement, Fun

I stumbled across a blog post yesterday from Bob Sutton where he referred to the ‘Otis Redding Problem‘. This is where you put in place too many metrics to measure individuals, teams, or business units. meaning they can’t even think about all of them at once. They therefore end-up doing what they believe […]

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The Uncanny Valley of Business Storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 4, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Why do some business storytelling efforts fail spectacularly? I hear sponsors of some of these failed attempts (they’re brave enough to call us in after their bad experience) saying, “storytelling just didn’t suit our culture” or “we just didn’t click with the person we brought in to help us.” I suspect these are […]

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