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Acts of leadership humanity: showing deep respect

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 18, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Emil Zátopek was a giant of long distance running. His record still stands as the only person to win gold in the 5000 metre, the 10000 metre and the marathon at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics. Apparently running the marathon was a last minute decision. In 1968 Australian runner, Ron Clarke, visited Emil in his […]

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Acts of leadership humanity – mistakes are not always failures

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 14, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

Shawn’s post last week got us sharing some of the great examples of small acts of leadership that demonstrate humanity and which make a difference. We will share some of these in the coming weeks. This is an example I heard last week while running a business storytelling session in Queensland. Back in the 1990s, […]

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A small act of leadership humanity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 9, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

“The biggest improvements come from small things done consistently over time in strategic places.” — David Allen A company was all travelling together to their yearly retreat in Queensland. The company had grown over the years and was now quite a large number so the management team decided that everyone will travel economy class. They were all booked on […]

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Autonomy is a motivating force – for family and work

Posted by  Ronald van Domburg —August 19, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes

In July my family went to Germany for a holiday – a camping trip to Potsdam, near Berlin. My wife Anouk and I had decided beforehand that we wanted to teach our children, Anemoon (aged 7) and Jasmijn (aged 4), something about how to handle money. So we gave the kids 10 euros each, to […]

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Stories can change something normal into something extraordinary

Posted by  Ronald van Domburg —July 22, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

A few months ago, in my car on the way to see a client, I heard an interview on the radio. There was this lady who had been nominated for the title ‘Cleaning Lady of the Year’. The woman told the journalist about her work in a way that completely surprised me. She was so […]

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A business story – take responsibility

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 3, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Business stories don’t need to be fancy. They should be told just like you would tell it if you were catching up with a colleague informally. I would tell this one when chatting to senior leaders about how they can model the behaviour they want–in fact they must. Or it would be good as an […]

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How to trigger positive stories about your business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I’ve just spent a week travelling the California coast with my brother, Scott. We visited many restaurants and wineries but the ones that stand out did something remarkable, something out of the ordinary. The Palace Grill in Santa Barbara is a Cajun restaurant. Lots of people line up to get a table. Lots of buzz. […]

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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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A good boss acts like a shield to corporate BS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

It’s not easy to be a good boss. In a 30 year career I can count three (thanks Walt, Amy and Steve). Stanford business professor, Bob Sutton, says that acting as a shield for your employees is one of the important tasks of a leader. And being a good boss means fostering the culture and […]

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