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The dangers of social norms

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —October 31, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

I saw a TV advert recently that I believe is going to be a complete marketing failure. A campaign that is not going to make one ounce of difference in getting people to buy that product. Why? The power of social norms. As mentioned in a previous blog post, people are highly sensitive to social […]

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All Blacks and knitting yarns

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —September 23, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

I love short stories that say so much. Being a Kiwi, this is an incredibly exciting time for me with the Rugby World Cup currently underway in New Zealand. As part of keeping up to date with all the current news about the cup, the teams and the players, I came across this blog on […]

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No fun at work – values in action

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement

I heard this story from one of our workshop participants. We were talking about values and how they play out in practice. Their organisation, a government department, has ‘fun’ as a stated value. With that in mind Janet (not her real name) thought it would be fun to take her team on an outing to […]

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The power of subtle stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 15, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Sunday mornings is a favourite time of the week for me. I get up early and go walking with my friend Darren Woolley. The conversation is always lively and last Sunday I mentioned to Darren that I thought it was interesting that ambiguous¬†stories seem to linger in my mind much longer than stories with a […]

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Changing behaviour: loss aversion and the “Anti-charity”

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 26, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes

“If, when you think of one, you get a sharp intake of breath and start to feel a steely resolve inside to follow through, it’s probably the right one”. What was my friend Toby talking about that would have such an impact on me? ¬†The answer – an Anti-charity. The concept of the Anti-charity comes […]

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Employee engagement – good intentions are not enough

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

My engineering friends would say it like this … good intentions are a necessary but insufficient condition for success. In my working life I have only ever met a handful of people who deliberately set out to humiliate, disempower, demotivate or otherwise disengage staff. Yet these are exactly the effects that many managers/leaders have. How […]

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True importance

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 24, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

This story was told the other day by General David Petraeus (The head of all international forces in Afghanistan) just before a press conference illustrating the meaning of true importance. “This was about 20 years ago when I was the aide to the Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon and Colin Powell was the […]

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TheStoryTest–build your skill in spotting stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 20, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

We developed TheStoryTest.com to help you build your skill to identify stories. Quite frankly it’s hard to be a good storyteller if you can’t tell the difference between a story and say, an opinion, or an analogy or even a case study. A good storyteller’s ears prick up as soon as one starts and they […]

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How Story Collection Won the War

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —November 23, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I recently read a fascinating account of how story collection made a real difference in America winning the Second World War (or at least their part in it). Rob Yeung tells the story about the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) and the psychologist John C. Flanagan in his recent book The Extra One Per […]

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Collaboration on the Moon

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last week I was in Yeppoon in Queensland delivering a keynote and workshop on collaboration at an innovation in government forum. In the workshop I used an activity mentioned by Bob Sutton in his new book ‘Good Boss, Bad Boss‘. Bob is also the author of ‘The No Asshole Rule’ that we have blogged about […]

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