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The world is flat

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 30, 2014
Filed in Fun

The opening paragraph of Tom Friedman‘s 2005 book ‘The World is Flat‘ is: No one ever gave me directions like this on a golf course before: “Aim at either Microsoft or IBM.” I was standing on the first tee at the KGA Golf Club in downtown Bangalore, in Southern India, when my playing […]

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Whoever tells the best story wins

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 16, 2014
Filed in Fun, News

In 2001, Annette Simmons published her book The Story Factor. I read it cover to cover and as I write this my dog-eared, tagged and heavily annotated copy sits in front of me. The book has been widely acclaimed as one of the most influential business storytelling books written. Her other titles include […]

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Family narratives

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 26, 2013
Filed in Communication, Fun

At Christmas, I was in Melbourne with my two kids. All my family live there and I needed to do what I could to ensure there was no disharmony or feelings of favouritism. So I applied Shawn’s guiding principle in these matters: ‘Families are like fish. After three days they start to go […]

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Awesome stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 12, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

Every two months an email arrives that I am always happy to receive. Its the bi-monthly newsletter from the Awesome Stories website. Awesome Stories is designed as an educational website that makes primary source material available to the general public. Much of the material is normally available only via national archives, libraries, universities, […]

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A little story for a Friday

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 1, 2013
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As the proud father of two boys aged 4 and 2, I just had to share this story I saw yesterday. I could picture this exact scenario happening with my eldest son. At the grocery store a 4-year-old boy is running around doing superhero moves with a fierce expression and making a bit […]

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Mondegreens, gigs and deliberate practice

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 27, 2013
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Last Thursday night, Tony High asked me if I knew what a ‘mondegreen’ was. I had no idea. A quick search of wikipedia revealed that a mondegreen is a term coined for those times when we get the lyrics of a song wrong. But to be a mondegreen, the incorrect version needs to […]

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Tim Minchin’s Storm

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 5, 2012
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A nice story by Tim Minchin as beat poetry.

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Understanding the reason why

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —August 8, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. “How long it took you to catch them?” The American […]

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Letting a story do the work

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —May 9, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

Shawn and I have spent the last couple of days working with a client helping them create their strategic story down in the Mornington Peninsula. There are certainly worse places in the world to spend a couple of days than at a winery in such a beautiful spot. It was a throughly enjoyable […]

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Staying alive – again

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 19, 2012
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Following on from the blog I did last week, a friend of mine from the UK let me know about this advert from notorious football hardman turned actor, Vinnie Jones, on exactly the same topic. Enjoy, and try getting this song out of your head for the rest of the day!

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