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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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In praise of imperfect stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My daughter and I recently watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show and our DVD has the option to play the audience participation sound track while you watch the movie. It brought back fond memories from the early eighties going to screenings where we would take our rice, water pistols, confetti and newspapers and for every […]

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The Party Thieves by Barrie Cassidy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 17, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

The meeting of MPs “happened in his office in September 2009, when a delegation chosen by the backbench went to see him about a proposal to cut MP printing allowances. This was an issue that directly affected the ability of the backbenchers to do their job, yet the decision had been taken without any consultation […]

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Leadership at all levels

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I spend an enjoyable day yesterday at the AFR leadership conference in Sydney. The first speaker was Alex Malley, CEO of CPA Australia. Alex noted that all of us have childhood experiences that shape our views on leadership. He told a story about his first leadership experience. My recollection of his story is as follows: […]

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A simple practice for building your story repertoire

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 19, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

How do you remember so many stories? I get this question a lot and for some time I didn’t really know the answer. I certainly believe stories are important, that they are memorable, help you connect with your audience and all the other many benefits we talk about on this blog. But how does one […]

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Unlocking your iPhone from Optus while travelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 11, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, News

I’m in Singapore at the moment. Had an amazing time last week because I spent three days with many of the story practitioners I really admire at the Origins Business Narrative Conference and learned heaps. But there was a glitch. Whenever I travel overseas with my trusty iPhone I get hit with ridiculous global and […]

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Putting stories to work is more than storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 16, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Telling, telling, telling … ┬áSo many in the field of story work focus on storytelling. Sure, telling a good story at the right time has impact. But storytelling represents a mere fraction of what can be done with business stories. Here is one little example. Last year I had a call from Kirstyn. She works […]

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Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

Thomas Jefferson was a great believer in luck, and he found that the harder he worked the luckier he got. His friend and fellow signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, shared this belief in hard work and self development. From a remarkably young age Franklin understood the importance of practice. Not the kind […]

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