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Generation WE

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2008
Filed in Communication, Culture

Quote on listening

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 22, 2008
Filed in Communication

“The best way to persuade people is with your ears – by listening to them.” Dean Rusk listening, persuasion

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Aphorisms we should dismiss in the face of complexity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 23, 2008
Filed in Communication

Life’s little sayings have a big impact on how we think. A stitch in time saves nine. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. They make up our common sense but as Einstein quipped: “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” I believe these aphorisms survive because […]

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Your brain and presentations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 7, 2008
Filed in Communication

Garr Reynolds is the presentation guru and he’s developed a series of book reviews done in an engaging and informative way using, you guessed it, presentations (search slideshare for Garr’s presentations). Here’s one on, Brain Rules. | View | Upload your own garr reynolds, presentation

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Expertise: talk the talk vs walk the talk

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 23, 2008
Filed in Communication

Social scientist, Harry Collins, has spent his career hanging out with gravitational wave physicists and learning to talk like one. Harry’s research is on expertise and working out whether someone who can talk like a physicist can be indistinguishable from some who can do physics if you only talk to them. The key to the […]

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Making sense of history

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 25, 2008
Filed in Communication

I am reading The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I enjoyed his description of how history is extremely opaque; how “you see what comes out, not the script that produces events.” He describes three ailments the human mind suffers when it comes into contact with history (he calls them the ‘triplet of opacity’): The […]

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Grasping the truth requires more than science

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’ve just started to read Otto Scharmer’s book, Theory U, and this passage grabbed my attention. Twenty-three hundred years ago Aristotle. arguably the greatest pioneer and innovator of Western inquiry and thought, wrote on Book VI of his Nicomachean Ethics that there are five different ways, faculties, or capacities in the human soul to grasp […]

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What is thought?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’m listening to Will Durant’s book, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, and I noticed this passage which help us understand why we get in such a pickle when we try and define knowledge. “What is thought? It baffles description because it includes everything through which it might be defined. It is the […]

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Making a difference

Posted by  Daryl Cook —February 19, 2008
Filed in Communication, Culture

I know we keep harping on about this, but little things can make a big difference! Here’s an inspiring Indian public announcement showing a great example:

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The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is now free

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is all about innovation, particularly that type of innovation which occurs when two or more different disciplines, mindsets, ways of doing things, collide and new idea emerges. It seems that Frans learned that “best-selling author Paolo Coelho boosted sales in Russia by uploading a pirate copy of his book, […]

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