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Anecdote: Staff motivation and team work

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 21, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Earlier this year Shawn posted about a great site containing anecdotes about the development of the Apple Macintosh. Browsing through the archive I found this great anecdote written with real passion: Since the Macintosh team were artists, it was only appropriate that we sign our work. Steve came up with the awesome idea of having each […]

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Sensemaking: the role of stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 21, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

When something happens we like to tell others about it. This retelling of our experience often is done in the form of a story. “I can’t believe what Margaret just did. We have been working on the Acme project for 3 months and today she rings up, out of the blue, and resigns. I told her to get off […]

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Using social networks analysis to show impact

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 7, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Some time back Chris Corrigan mentioned in his blog how social network mapping could help inform the invitation list for an Open Space event. I have also found that using social network mapping in conjunction with an Open Space event can be a great way to demonstrate change and create new stories within an organisation. The figures […]

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What would you like to read more of here on our Blog?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 27, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

One of things which we do alot of at Anecdote is Listen. Shawn has posted previously that story-telling is just half the story. The other half is listening, or as Shawn says “story listening”. So, I’d love to listen to you, to your story… to hear what you would like to read more of here on the […]

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Book review – Wisdom of Crowds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 8, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Fast Company calls it an ‘idea-driven narrative’. This genre, made famous by Malcolm Gladwell, takes a simple (but important) idea and uses research, case studies, and personal experiences to enable the reader to see the world from a new perspective. Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki, is a notable addition to this enriching genre. I […]

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The problems with a dotmocracy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Have you ever used the technique we call a ‘dotmocracy’ to get a group to prioritise a set of ideas/initiatives/actions? Each person is given five sticky dots (red ones usually—the ones you find placed next to paintings in a gallery to denote they’ve been sold). Each dot-carrier is then invited to place any number of […]

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Talent magnetism

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

I was in New Zealand for a couple days this week. I caught up with my colleagues at Future of People and Organisations (FPO) – more about FPO in a future post. It reminded me that I should tell you about the project Stewart Forsyth, on of my fellow directors, and I did for an […]

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What is business narrative?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 17, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

The term ‘business narrative’ hasn’t really taken off, yet I’m finding more and more people in organisations are drawn to these techniques because traditional approaches have failed them. I would love to hear how other organisations are using business narrative and to aid us in finding one another I thought we could start using the […]

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Steve Jobs tells three stories about himself

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 17, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

A couple of days ago Steve Jobs made the commencement address to students at Stanford. He tells three simple stories about himself with great effect. Jobs understands the power of narrative.

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New Anecdote white paper available: using narrative to align brand and customer service

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 23, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Narrative techniques can be applied effectively across a wide range of business issues—the more difficult the better. I’ve been recently working on how to use business narratives to align customer service with a company’s brand promise with my colleagues at BCS. Paul Stewart and Janelle Barlow (the founders of BCS) have written a great book […]

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