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Why we create anti-stories in the face of change

Posted by  Claire Scobie —August 20, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication, Culture

This post was first published on Wordstruck by Claire Scobie, award-winning journalist, writer, and author of The Pagoda Tree, a novel chosen by Good Reading Magazine as one of their Best Fiction Reads of 2013. Last month I was asked to give an impromptu presentation at a leading merchant bank on the value of storytelling. In this particular department they […]

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Are storytelling techniques the new social lubricant?

Posted by  Raf Stevens —August 11, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture, Insight

US human rights activist and Professor of Law Bryan Stevenson starts his Ted Talk below, about the injustices in the US legal system with a wonderful personal story. In fact, that’s a common feature of all Ted Talks that are viewed hundreds of thousands of times. They pull the listener in with a ”pull story”, a […]

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How to incorporate story into your sales – Selling with Story part 1

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 23, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication, Culture, Selling

Today’s post is part one 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. Part 1 of […]

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How to stop your change program from stalling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture, Strategy

Every large change program invariably starts with enthusiasm, good intentions and an energy spike, even if there are naysayers. But as time wears on, it’s easy for everyone to lose sight of the company’s higher purpose. When that happens, morale – and ultimately performance – slumps. And when a company slides into a dip, it often […]

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How to inspire with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 16, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

We all want to be inspired. And we all want to inspire others. Parents want to inspire their kids. Business leaders want to inspire the people they lead. It can sound like a lofty desire, so how do you actually do it? Let’s start by thinking about what inspiration means in practice. I’m hoping these […]

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Book review – Let’s Stop Meeting Like This

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 19, 2014
Filed in Culture

Last week Victoria Ward and I wrote an ‘essay in two voices’ giving our impressions of a book called ‘Let’s Stop Meeting Like This‘ by Dick and Emily Axelrod. The ‘essay in two voices’ technique was developed by my good friend Madelyn Blair. Here’s a description of how it works in detail, but in a […]

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How to embed company values with systematic stories

What do your organisational values actually mean? Do you have a list of 4, 5, 6 one-word, abstract concepts such as integrity, responsive and agile that represent your values? You might even have a few paragraphs describing each value. Most organisations I’ve worked with have something similar and it hasn’t helped them that much. These […]

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Using social norms to change behaviour

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —October 7, 2011
Filed in Culture

People are highly sensitive to social norms – information about what other people are doing and what they approve of. You can use the concept of social norms to help drive and create change. While researching the drinking habits of American college students, H. Wesley Perkins and Alan Berkowitz discovered that most students thought that […]

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Lemon Anyone?

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —April 4, 2011
Filed in Culture

Some people collect stamps, knit or spend hours planning their next exotic holiday – I collect articles and books on behaviour change! I admit it, I’m a geek when it comes to trying to understand why we do what we do, and how you can go about changing it. I’m not too proud to say: […]

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An approach to mentoring

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 19, 2010
Filed in Culture

Sometimes you just need a few things to get started. I think this is the case for mentoring. We have been helping a company develop a mentoring culture and in typical Anecdote style we collected 50 stories of good and bad mentoring in the organisation and then help potential mentors draw lessons from these stories […]

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