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A strategic approach to organisational narratives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 17, 2013
Filed in Strategy

Narratives are a connected set of stories that together form a bigger story, one with a beginning, middle and end. It’s a bit like a movie in which each scene is itself a small story. Take Star Wars. Early in the movie we meet Luke, who is living with his aunt and uncle, farming moisture […]

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Changing a keystone habit – the story of Alcoa

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 16, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

Sometimes the best way to affect large-scale change is to focus on changing one important habit, what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit. Here is the story of Alcoa’s transformation. One October day in 1987, the new CEO of the Aluminum Company of America, or Alcoa, took to the stage of a ballroom in a […]

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Yammer’s Steve Hopkins on Storytelling for Leaders

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 10, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

Why not join us for a public version of the workshop Steve is talking about in Perth on the 4th March. Click here for more information and tickets.

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An example of business oral storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 10, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Here at Anecdote we focus on oral storytelling. Our network of partners around the world help leaders find and tell business stories to influence, engage and even inspire. The thing is, there are very few examples of business oral storytelling on the net so we’ve started a little project to tell the stories that are […]

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The story of the checklist

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 7, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

Sometimes the simplest interventions can have the biggest impact. In October 1935, US Army Air Corps brass gathered at an airfield in Dayton, Ohio. They’d come to see two aircraft builders pit their planes against each other in a series of trials, with the best-performed aircraft getting its builder a lucrative contract for new long-range […]

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What stories help a new leader in a new role?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 1, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

“They won’t care what you know until they know that you care” (a line attributed to many but my favourite is baseball coach Yogi Berra). This week I received an email from a newly minted executive who was off to New Zealand to take up a new post. Let’s call her Sarah. Sarah had attended […]

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How to double productivity by sharing stories of purpose

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 25, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes

Back in 2008 Wharton School professor, Adam Grant (author of one of my favourite books, Give and Take), conducted a fascinating experiment that highlighted how important it is to be reminded of your purpose. He was working with a call centre that raised funds for a university. He divided the call centre into three groups. […]

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Storytelling for Leaders Program – What Happened in Singapore

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 21, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

In September this year our new partner in Singapore, Anjali Sharma, organised the first Storytelling for Leaders Program in her fine country. She also organised a photographer and videographer and put together this short clip showing you what happened on the day.

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Leaders can trigger new stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 13, 2013
Filed in Leadership

People watch the behaviour of leaders intensely, like they are on stage with a spotlight on them. This concentrated attention on leader behaviour can be used to trigger new stories and to communicate meaning. Often simple actions can be much more powerful than the words leaders use, as illustrated on the example below: In 2007 […]

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