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Don’t try to change someone’s mind, do this instead

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 15, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration, Culture

Last month, The New Yorker published an article called ‘Why facts don’t change our minds’, in which the author, Elizabeth Kolbert, reviews some research showing that even ‘reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational’. Kolbert’s popular article makes a good case for the idea that if you want to change someone’s mind about something, facts may […]

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Improve the effectiveness of what you do with feedback loops and stories

Posted by  Tom Graves —March 7, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

How do we learn in action? How do we improve the effectiveness of what we do – particularly when working together with others? One proven strategy is to set up ‘learning loops’, and in practice, much of it is based around stories. A popular technique here is the After Action Review. It’s simple, quick, and […]

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Team cohesion: lessons from a trip down the Snowy River

Posted by  David Green —June 3, 2016
Filed in Collaboration, Fun

Along the way, I have designed and run some leadership development programs in alliance with Outward Bound. Our programs have mostly run for 15 days, and include a week’s physical and metaphorical journey “into the unknown”. It’s a great setting for building your self-awareness as a leader – of others, and of yourself. The first […]

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Take One Day – Building Collaborative Cultures

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 13, 2016
Filed in Collaboration, Events

We are sponsoring a wonderful event in New Zealand. If you are interested in building collaborative cultures then sign up for this event and I will see you there. What: TAKEONEDAY 2016 – Building Collaborative Cultures Where: Viaduct Events Centre, 161 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland When: 9.00am-6:00pm, Thursday 19th May 2016 Register: Click here […]

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How to build credibility and trust – Selling with Story part 2

Today’s post is part two of a transcript from my recent interview on the Voice America Business Channel show ‘Story Powered’ hosted by Lianne Picot. The topic of the program is ‘Selling with Story’ where we talk about how you can use stories in order to move people closer to saying yes to the sale. In Selling with Story part […]

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For those at the top, fostering engagement is a daily routine

The benefits of employee engagement It has been proven that employee engagement is strongly linked to overall company performance. Poor engagement leads to high staff turnover, absenteeism, bad customer service and a failure to reach strategic goals. Good engagement, on the other hand, leads to high staff retention and attendance rates, and to the achievement […]

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Storytelling for Leaders programmes set for take off in New Zealand

Posted by  Ross Pearce —March 26, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration, News

Let’s catch up over coffee Last October, I received a call from Shawn Callahan, to see if we could catch up over coffee when he was next in Auckland. Shawn and I had been colleagues at IBM and he came to New Zealand in 2003 to help with a major client engagement where we used anecdote […]

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An indicator of group fear in organisations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 2, 2014
Filed in Collaboration, Employee Engagement

Over the years I’ve shown a clever little animation in our workshops to illustrate our propensity to tell ourselves stories when things are ambiguous and unclear. It’s how we make sense of the world. But in running this video, perhaps hundreds of times, I think I’ve discovered another interesting use for it. It seems to give […]

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An example of business oral storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 10, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Here at Anecdote we focus on oral storytelling. Our network of partners around the world help leaders find and tell business stories to influence, engage and even inspire. The thing is, there are very few examples of business oral storytelling on the net so we’ve started a little project to tell the stories that are […]

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