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Stop trying to solve the problem

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 3, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Early last year Shawn and I delivered a workshop on narrative techniques in Hong Kong for a group of Masters students who were engaged in projects for several clients of the university. About two-thirds of the way through the workshop one of the students asked “when do we get to the stage where we can […]

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The new science of change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 26, 2006
Filed in Culture

I enjoyed reading this article this morning on some of the neuroscience behind change and some of the practical approaches you might adopt armed with this knowledge. Here are the sections of the article with one or two sentences highlighting key ideas. A Universal Truth – brain science is giving us new insights into how and […]

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The 5 ways storytelling has been discouraged in organisations

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 27, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Following on from our last research findings post suggesting the 7 story forms valued within organisations we have also explored the flip side question of “when has storytelling been discouraged or frowned upon in organisations?”. The broad themes which have emerged from our research are: When stories are gossip When there is a break down in trust and relationships Where there is […]

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The 7 story forms valued within organisations

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 26, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

“When is storytelling valued within your organisation?” was one of the questions we explored within our Australian wide survey on awareness and attitudes of story and narrative techniques in organisations. Categorising the responses from almost 400 senior executives and decision makers from public and private organisations across Australia, there emerged 7 popular story forms. Those were: Hero stories – seen […]

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Compromise for breakfast

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 2, 2006
Filed in Culture

Seth Godin relates a story about breakfast on his blog. Except its not about breakfast but about how compromise insidiously erodes your intent and how one compromise can lead to another, and so on. I read Seth’s story and immediately thought of one of the the themes we have been pursuing about losing the humanity […]

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The busy-ness meme

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 1, 2006
Filed in Communication, Culture

Darren Woolley, over at P3, has also noticed the busy-ness meme. You know the one: we are so busy as the moment, flat out. In fact I’ve noticed that people are greeting each other differently these days. It goes something like this: “Hi Bob, how’s it going?” “Busy, very busy. Hardly got time to scratch.” “Yeh, […]

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Why we are worried about global terrorism and not global warming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2006
Filed in Culture

Social psychologist, Dan Gilbert, says people will not get excited and worried about global warming in the same way people have about global terrorism because of the way our minds have evolved over millions of years. In his essay for The Times, Gilbert suggests 4 reasons for this disparity: Global warming does not represent people […]

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Sensemaking using heuristics

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 21, 2006
Filed in Culture

Sensemaking is described as how we make sense of the world so we can act meaningfully in it. One of the ways we make sense is to apply simple rules of thumb (heuristics) to common situations. I was re-reading The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy […]

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Stories are a form of taskonomy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 11, 2006
Filed in Culture

I’ve just discovered a new word which I love: taskonomy. Donald Norman uses it to describe how we arrange things around us to get our work done. Rather than organise our materials alphabetically or thematically (that’s the taxonomy approach) we assemble things we might use together. Don’s example comes from some anthropological work investigating blacksmiths. […]

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Are organisations losing their humanity?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —August 4, 2006
Filed in Communication, Culture

For some time now we have wondered whether organisations may be starting to lose their humanity. Maybe its a good question whether they ever had it, but the “Time is money” metaphor predominant in business today seems to have a lot to answer for. Tick Tock. To busy to spend time in dialogue. To busy […]

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