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027 – John Snow versus the Miasma

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

Tags: data, patterns, decisions Bringing your data to life is crucial in making others understand why it’s important. In this example, we hear how John Snow had to be creative and clear with his data to prove his theory right. If you work with data, this story is particularly useful for you. While we disagree […]

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026 – Henry Ford did that?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

What do you do when you have high turnover? Henry Ford’s solution made his shareholders angry. In this example, we see how Henry Ford ignored what everyone around him thought and went ahead with a decision that would more than double his profit. We discuss how this is a great example of how a company […]

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025 – How to tap into your audience

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

Tags: Curse of knowledge, bigger picture, insight When people don’t understand what we’re trying to convey to them we get frustrated. Sometimes we wonder why they aren’t getting something so simple. This is called the curse of knowledge. This week’s story is my favourite type – a scientific experiment story. It’s about Elizabeth Newton, a Stanford […]

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024 – U2 can protect your tribe

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 29, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast, Uncategorized

Tags: Life and death, bravery, taking care of others An important part of leadership is taking care of your team. This story is a beautiful example of how taking care of others and helping them through tough times is beneficial for everyone. The focus of this story is U2 at their 1986 Tempe concert, and […]

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023 – Industrial design with child’s play

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 18, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: User experience, shifting perspectives, design Putting the customer first and shifting your perspective to seeing how your design might be viewed by others is really important in today’s globalised, competitive market. It’s Mark’s turn to tell a story this week and the example he tells is particularly useful if you’re designing products, processes or […]

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022 – Saving Rubles with mutual Mars

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 13, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: Values-in-action, mutuality, trust We’ve changed things up a little for this week’s episode of Anecdotally Speaking! We have Gerry Lynch, former General Manager of Mars New Zealand and now CEO of Delmaine Fine Foods tell the story this week. Mars New Zealand has been awarded as the best place to work in the country. Everything […]

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021 – Rolling stones to hidden gems

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: team-work, rocks, conflict Working in teams can be hard. In the process of working together, we can disagree, stall and face major setbacks. However, when a team comes together and gets across the finish line it can be great. The story Mark shares this week gives a useful analogy that can help teams get […]

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020 – Twists and turns of a flying fortress

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 30, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: big-difference, small-things, checklist Small things can make a big difference. That’s the theme of this episode of Anecdotally Speaking. In Episode 20, Twists and turns of a flying fortress, we hear how a checklist saved Boeing from going under and offered a key advantage to the US Army in World War 2. It’s a […]

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019 – Three feet away from the gold seam

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 24, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: persistence, hard-work, experts, mining It takes a lot of hard work and persistence to do something great. Naturally, if the goal is a big one it’s going to be harder to achieve. You just don’t want to give up and find out that you were close to achieving it. This week, Mark tells a […]

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018 – Are you married?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 15, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: safety, moments, attention-grabbing Our story this week is a short one, but it has an impact. As you will see if you tell a story in an unexpected way, and the topic is possible death or injury, you will immediately generate interest from your audience. We also talk about keeping track of the movies […]

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