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014 – It ain’t what you do

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 11, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Tags: leadership, story-triggering, lead by action, education In this week’s episode of Anecdotally Speaking, an Irish principal demonstrates a powerful message to her school of predominantly African American students with one small action. It’s a fantastic example of how to lead through what you do, instead of what you say. Shawn and Mark also unpack […]

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Storytelling in San Francisco

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 10, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Events, News

Storytelling is increasingly being sought-after as a tool to get ahead. Leaders from all over the world are reaching out to us to improve their storytelling skills to stand out and have their messages heard. It’s no different in San Francisco and is probably even more true because of the number of leading companies based […]

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013 – Travel connections

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 4, 2018
Filed in Leadership Posts, Podcast

Tags: leadership, putting others first, development, rapport, culture Sometimes being a leader means putting your employees or team members first. In this episode, we hear how one of the founders of Flight Centre puts an employee first. It’s a story that we often tell when asked for a good example of leadership. We also talk […]

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012 – Harley Davidson promise

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 26, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

An organisation’s value is nothing more than a slogan unless it impacts employees’ behaviours. In this episode, we visit a Harley Davidson factory and see their company values in action. As I write this post I’m sitting on the TransAlpine Railway about to head off from Christchurch across the Alps in the south island of New […]

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Using stories to reveal valuable insights in an organisation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 22, 2018
Filed in Communication, Culture

We’ve recently been doing some work around diversity and inclusion for a project with a large construction company. An insight we’ve taken away from this project is how much leaders can be shielded from the underlying issues in their company. No-one wants to worry or disappoint the senior leadership because it could make them seem […]

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011 – High viz role modelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: leadership, safety, speaking up, story-triggering, moments They say what a leader walks past without saying anything becomes the norm. So sometimes it really helps to see what your people will let slide or who will speak up. Today’s story should give you an idea for a little experiment you can do as a leader […]

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010 – Bright spots

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: change, leadership, culture, focussing on the positive One of the most important stories a leader can tell is one that provides insight on how to tackle problems in new ways. I call them intervention stories and some of the very best ones are from outside the business world. In fact, if you look back […]

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009 – Jackie Stewart in the pits

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 5, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Today’s story illustrates the strong link between great work and what can been seen, heard, and felt in the workplace. You can tell this story to help your team understand how top performers appear and get a conversation going about what your workplace looks and feels like. It’s also a great model for an excursion […]

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008 – Gillian is a dancer

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Have you ever had an employee who just didn’t fit, who wasn’t quite cutting it, and your boss suggests you should let them go? Helping people find what they are truly good at is one of the many jobs of a leader and firing someone should be your last resort. So it’s good to have […]

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007 – Saving the Citicorp skyscraper

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 19, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

We often get asked “does storytelling work with finance folk, scientists or engineers?” There’s an assumption in their question that some professions only care about the numbers, the facts, and they don’t have time or an interest for stories. Well, nothing can be further from the truth, everyone tells and listens to stories–it’s a human […]

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