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3 things to consider when recreating your company story: a response to Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 20, 2012
Filed in Strategy

I was pleased to see that someone of the stature and influence of Rosabeth Moss Kanter in the Harvard Business Review blog is advocating for business to create or recreate their company’s story. Reading Rosabeth’s post it might sound like an easy thing to do. Just get the executive team around a table and knock […]

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KM Australia 2012

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 19, 2012
Filed in News

I just wanted to let you know that I will be at: ‘KM Australia 2012’ on the 24 -26 July 2012 in Sydney. Here is more info on the forum http://www.kmaustralia.com and you may also want to join the KM Australia LinkedIn group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=77236 If you can’t make it, we will be using the hashtag […]

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Three elements of a movement

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 13, 2012
Filed in Collaboration, Strategy

Read this today and thought, right on! (is that too Tom Peters?) Senator Bill Bradley defines a movement as having three elements: 1. A narrative that tells a story about who we are and the future we are trying to build 2. A connection between and among the leader and the tribe 3. Something to […]

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Genes, themes and memes—quickly forming relationships so people speak up

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 11, 2012
Filed in Collaboration

Two stories came together recently that gave me an insight about the importance of forming quick but stronger relationships so people can speak up. A couple of weeks ago I presented at the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) community. This community  is coordinated by Phillip Sack and Chris Elliot. Chris is a striking fella who […]

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A new type of political ad airs in Canberra

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 6, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Yesterday in Canberra a new political advertisement aired for the very first time. As luck would have it I was in Canberra and happened to see it. The moment it started I hushed everyone in the lounge-room. I could sense that this was something different for a political ad in Australia. It was clearly a […]

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Diagnosis requires observation—both are essential for good strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 5, 2012
Filed in Strategy

An article in the Wall Street Journey describes how medical students at more than 20 medical schools, including Harvard, Columbia and Cornell, attend an art museum intervention to improve their skills of observation. The students are assigned a painting and observe as many details as they can and then get together to discuss what they’ve […]

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Story quote of the week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 3, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

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Stories affect a slow burn

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 3, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

This week I presented at the Sydney knowledge management round table and Rod Irwin, the co-ordinator of the group, remarked at just how long one can remember a story. He remembers one he heard in 1978. There are many reasons why we remember stories much better that other types of information. Firstly, if the story […]

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