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Anecdotes are the pixels of your culture

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 25, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Culture

There are many ways to think about the term ‘organisational culture’. A favourite perspective from decades ago is ‘Culture is the way we do things around here’. It can also be useful to think about culture as an image, like on a TV screen, that is made up of millions of individual pixels. In the […]

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How to Build Your Story Repertoire

Posted by  Indranil Chakraborty —August 17, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Two monks were walking from their monastery to another one nearby. One was an old wise monk, the other a novice. As they walked in silence, they came across a river. Unseasonal rains had caused the river to run a bit high and on the bank of the river was a young lady wearing a […]

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Storytelling sales techniques: no story, no sale

Posted by  Tom Graves —February 17, 2017
Filed in Anecdotes, Selling

Oh no, not again: it’s the souvenir-vendors. I’m here on business, but they’ll mob around anyone here who even looks like a tourist. And every time it’s the same: “You want to buy? Low price, low price” – as if price itself is the only reason anyone would want the item. No attempt at a […]

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Mix science and storytelling: tell stories about experiments

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 2, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Selling

Last week I returned to Australia from the US after a three-week business tour. (It was a remarkable time to be there, though my sense is that while emotions are understandably running high over the election result, there is also a feeling that the US system is resilient.) I started the trip in Seattle, working […]

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Storytelling in business and the effectiveness of ‘pizza’ meetings

Posted by  Stuart Reid —November 14, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My involvement with storytelling in business started back in 1998, when I joined the UK Audit Commission as a researcher. At that time, the Audit Commission was the public sector watchdog in the UK. It was well known for its hard-hitting and evidence-based research reports, which exposed poor performance, fraud and waste in the public […]

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Set ground rules for workshops or presentations like a master

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 30, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Billy Crystal steps forward on stage, smiles and in that familiar way a relative walks into your house and asks for a cup for tea, Billy says how much he loves Melbourne and launches into his first story (this is how I remember it). “You guys are so good with your cell phones. So respectful. […]

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How do we prosper in a changing business environment?

Posted by  David Green —June 10, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

Just four years ago, Peter took up the role of CEO of a company which for years had supplied maintenance services to the mining industry, called Mitchells Maintenance. The business came with over a thousand staff and a good reputation with its customers. The previous year, one of its contracts had gone awry. The board […]

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The value of a pause in changing people’s minds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 10, 2016
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

I recently attended my local IABC chapter’s 2016 kick-off event, talk55. Twelve speakers had five minutes each to share an idea using only five slides. I shared five tips for business storytelling. Here are my slides. At the networking drinks after the talks I met Tim Reid, a towering figure with a chiselled jaw who […]

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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 Posts

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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