Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

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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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Need a story to tell as a leader?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 1, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

We’ve been blogging since 2004. And over the years we have shared hundreds of stories. Some of those stories are definitely ones you could retell as a leader so we have identified the best ones, tagged them with what we think they are about and highlighted the story in the ┬ápost so you can quickly […]

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9 Video Clips of Business Leaders Sharing Business Stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 27, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

When business leaders start building their business storytelling skills it can help a lot to see how other business leaders tell business stories. Here are 9 examples from some of the world’s top business leaders who purposely and systematically share stories to help their message to stick. You might like to review our guide to […]

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How business stories emerge and become good ones to tell

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 28, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Ric Holland is the CEO of Melbourne City Mission. MCM has a long history in Melbourne being established at the time of the gold rush in the 1800s. The enormous influx of people to Melbourne back then created unprecedented homelessness and MCM was created to help people find a place to live. Fighting homelessness is […]

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The analogy story and Tim Costello

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 8, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I’ve recently had the pleasure working with World Vision Australia. In case you don’t know them, they’re Australia’s largest charity and they focus on child and community well-being across the world. You might have sponsored a child through World Vision. A few weeks ago I caught up with their CEO, Tim Costello, and I was […]

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