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Just how personal can you be when telling a connection story?

Posted by  Claire Scobie —March 17, 2017
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

People struggle with bringing in a personal element to their stories. Yet, with Connection stories, it’s important to reveal something about yourself because you are more likely to create a deeper bond with your audience. But not every personal story can be told. It’s often about finding the right story to tell the right audience to deliver […]

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The Value of Stories in Successful Project Delivery

It’s important to keep a project’s business case up-to-date throughout its life, so that the project keeps delivering value to the organisation. Stories can be used to keep a project’s purpose front-of-mind, ensuring that it stays true to the original intent. A few years ago, I found myself sitting in on a conference call with […]

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When it comes to communicating strategy, leaders are the channel

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 5, 2016
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

About 10 years ago, we started working with organisations to convert their strategies into strategy stories. It was clear right from the start that creating a compelling story was only one of the conditions for success. The other non-negotiable was that leaders had to have the skills and confidence to tell their version of the […]

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Complex times call for disruptive leadership

Posted by  David Green —July 29, 2016
Filed in Culture, Employee Engagement, Leadership

Business writers are increasingly using the term ‘disruption’ to refer to a range of forces which modern organisations are dealing with. It is the latest in a long list of challenges which over recent decades, have been variously referred to as ‘churn’, ‘turmoil’, ‘constant change’, ‘uncertainty’, ‘unpredictability’, ‘complexity’, ‘instability’, ‘chaos’, ‘dissonance’ and ‘turbulence’. Twenty years […]

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Musings on leadership and engagement that you can apply

Posted by  David Green —May 24, 2016
Filed in Leadership

Engagement is a word much used in corporate life, and, unfortunately, often associated with company surveys inevitably used to keep managers in line. This is too bad, because ‘engagement’ is the best word for what needs to happen between people in order for leadership  – or customer service, or teamwork, or performance management, or sales, […]

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Effective leadership skills to achieve the impossible

Posted by  David Green —May 10, 2016
Filed in Leadership

Sometimes, in a leadership workshop, I’ll invite participants to tell a story which conveys the nature of the best job they’ve ever had. Nearly every time, they will describe a workplace or project where they and their colleagues achieved the impossible … where they overcame huge obstacles, or had to retrieve a ‘lost’ situation and […]

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Come to the Storytelling for Leaders program at the Melbourne Zoo

Posted by  Lucy Honeywell —August 25, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Events, Leadership

Anecdote is holding a public Storytelling for Leaders program on September the 9th in Melbourne, at our zoo.  We love wild animals. You see them throughout our materials, so we thought it would be fun, and quite fitting, to hold our hometown program surrounded by our exotic friends. Now in our 11th year, you can […]

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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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How to influence decision makers with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 25, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

Leaders are decision-makers. They have to be. As soon as they walk into the office in the morning, they’re bombarded with decisions that have to be made: ‘Can our business partner sell our product in that new market?’; ‘Do you want to talk to the journalist from The Times?’; ‘When should we share the new […]

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Lessons learned when stories are told

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2015
Filed in Leadership

Work can move at such a hectic pace that we often don’t get the time to reflect on important projects we’ve completed. But valuable lessons can be learned by doing this, particularly when stories are involved. Lessons learned using the power of stories A team I worked with had toiled on their project for two […]

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