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Similar cultures separated by a common language

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 16, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun, News

I’ve been in San Diego for the past three days – mainly holiday but with two speaking engagements for the annual leadership get-together for Sharp HealthCare. Its one of my biggest ever gigs with over 700 people present for each of the days. At lunch yesterday with some of the folks at Sharp, one of […]

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The most naturally gifted storyteller I have ever met

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 9, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I have just got back from running our first ever Storytelling for Business Leaders course in Wellington, New Zealand last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, had a great group who told some terrific stories, and I am sure taught me as much as they learnt off me! It was also a real treat to […]

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May your festive season be filled with stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 22, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, News

From a story perspective, Christmas is a prolific time of year. As we gather with friends and families we recall the memories of the past and create new stories as presents are unwrapped, as turkeys emerge from the oven (or the Weber BBQ in the Schenk household), as Dads relive past triumphs with a half-century […]

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How we judge stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 1, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I found myself watching parliamentary question time today on TV (OK, I was tired. I did yoga for the first time last night). There were lots of questions about when exactly did the leaders of the government and the opposition know about Qantas CEO’s, Alan Joyce, decision to ground his airline. It was a heated […]

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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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