Archive for December, 2012

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Christmas message from Anecdote

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 21, 2012
Filed in News

2012 has been an exciting year for Anecdote. We have worked with many inspiring and energetic people and organisations…making strategies stick, helping leaders communicate, influence and inspire, bringing value to life and building more collaborative workplaces. During the year we worked with Paul and Dan from Route to Greatness and this led to […]

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s secret sauce

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —December 20, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manager of Manchester United Football Club, recently gave a talk to academics at the Harvard Business School. Ferguson, who has recently clocked up 26 years in charge at Old Trafford where he has won an astonishing 37 trophies, was invited to Harvard to talk about the secrets of his […]

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Bad strategy

Posted by  Daryl Cook —December 19, 2012
Filed in Strategy

I recently had the opportunity (and privilege) to attend a masterclass with [Richard Rumelt](http://www.strategyland.com/), one of the world’s most influential thinkers on strategy and management, and author of ‘[Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters](http://www.amazon.com/Good-Strategy-Bad-Difference-Matters/dp/0307886239/)’. As the title of his book hints, he sees lots of examples of what he […]

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Embedding strategy using a story spine

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 18, 2012
Filed in Strategy

One of the challenges embedding a strategy is helping people relate their job to it. Strategies often seems distant and abstract. How does a person in one of the far flung corners of the organisation contribute to the pursuit of a new corporate strategy? This simple technique is based on the idea that […]

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Even small stories are better than no stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 14, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Last week I ran a workshop for an investment firm to help their senior leaders appreciate their role in fostering their culture. Before the event we collected 36 stories in a few anecdote circles and tagged and rated them in Zahmoo. When I read through them I was a little worried they weren’t […]

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The missing ingredient in strategy

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —December 13, 2012
Filed in Leadership, Strategy

Cynthia A. Montgomery is the Timken Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. One of the programs she teaches is for accomplished executives and entrepreneurs at one of Harvard’s flagship programs. Very early on in the program she asks these senior business people to list three words that come to mind when […]

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Business Storytelling – the rookie error

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 12, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

What’s your reaction when someone, in a business context, says “let me tell you a story?” I often ask this question during our Storytelling for Leaders workshops. The responses follow a common set of themes including “I don’t have time for this” and “why am I listening to this?” But the most important […]

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The Story of Malaysian Airlines and Business Storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 10, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Business Storytelling helps Malaysian Airlines Implement new Ticketing System from Anecdote on Vimeo.

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Business storytellers must tell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 7, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

A quick search on Amazon shows that in 2012 alone there are more than 16 books published on business storytelling. It seems everyone is putting their hand up as an expert in this field. For me there’s one important test a business storytelling expert must past: when they talk about business storytelling they […]

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