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016 – Tips for strawberry flavour

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 23, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Insight, Podcast, Strategy

Tags: brand storytelling, competitors, collaboration In this episode of Anecdotally Speaking, we explain what it is that Mark and I do for work, why some stories work for some audiences and not for others, and the difference between the typical ‘brand stories’ we see and the one we share today. Lots of companies have ‘brand […]

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015 – Empty bunks in tall ships

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 18, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Tags: persistence, vision, opportunities It’s Mark’s turn to share a story, and so he tells a great one of how Janusz Kamiemski wanted to come to Australia but didn’t think he had any chance of doing so. It’s a great example of persistence with a twist at the end. He told the story at a […]

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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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Creating powerful moments to trigger stories in the workplace

We recently began an Anecdote book club for the office. For our first book, we read The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. The authors, Chip and Dan Heath, wanted to explain what a moment is and how you can purposefully create these moments to have more impact on things like a […]

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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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