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Tell me a story: How accountants can harness the power of storytelling

The numbers tell the story. At least, that’s what many accountants would have us believe. “Accountants are so used to talking in numbers, we forget to contextualise what it is all about,” says Grant Anderson CA, head of government relationships at Xero in New Zealand. “Storytelling is so fundamental, particularly if you can hook into […]

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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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Anecdote’s Birthday: Putting stories to work for 13 years

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 11, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, News

To reignite creativity, innovation, and learning, leaders must rehumanize education and work. Brene Brown Anecdote was formed on 11 August 2004. At our first board meeting we discussed our purpose. It was possibly one of the shortest ‘purpose’ discussions I can imagine. The phrase ‘helping restore humanity to the workplace’ was immediately suggested and we […]

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How to Inspire with Stories

Posted by  Udi Nachshon —August 7, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

The desire to inspire is one of the strongest passions in the world of management. Leaders see this as confirmation of their leadership capacity. Everyone likes to talk about inspiration, but over the many years I’ve been coaching and advising top executives, I’ve only come across a few who I believe are entitled to be […]

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In Praise of Shitty Storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Perfect stories told perfectly are suspicious. This is especially true in organisations. Business people feel more comfortable with imperfect stories. They are better received. Here’s a small example. I recently heard a government employee tell a story about a work-related change he was experiencing. Mid-story he said, ‘… and then there were some big policy […]

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Strategic storytelling: use stories to explain why

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

I recently learned something of the utmost importance about stories from a world-class magician. On a trip into the city, I popped on a podcast to amuse me on the drive. This American Life is on high rotation on my iPhone and I was excited to see there was an episode called ‘The Magic Show’. […]

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The Role of Storytelling in a Team of Teams

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Four-star general Stanley McChrystal became the commander of US forces in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s. When he arrived in the country, he found the American military operating much as it always had, through command-and-control organisational structures. It didn’t take him long to figure out that wasn’t working against an enemy organised in flat networks that […]

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Business Storytelling in Mexico and Latin America

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 30, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Selling

It was exciting to visit Mexico again. I was totally blown away with the beauty of Monterrey. It’s like having a city the size of Melbourne nestled among the bluffs of Yosemite National Park. For some reason I was expecting a flat, desert landscape. It reminded me of Singapore somehow but without the tropical downpours. […]

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Get in the sweet spot for effective storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 27, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling

We often see people making one of two mistakes in their storytelling. They either don’t tell a story at all, or they go overboard and turn it into something you’d read in a Stephen King novel. The danger of either mistake is that your audience will lose interest. So how do you make sure that […]

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How we took business storytelling global at the ATD Conference 2017

Posted by  Lucy Honeywell —June 23, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

Last month, Mark, Shelley and I boarded a plane flying from Melbourne to Sydney, the first of three flights that would eventually lead us to hot and humid Atlanta. The city was hosting the 2017 Association for Talent Development International Conference and Exhibition, where an Anecdote booth was to feature for the first time. International […]

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