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A good boss acts like a shield to corporate BS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

It’s not easy to be a good boss. In a 30 year career I can count three (thanks Walt, Amy and Steve). Stanford business professor, Bob Sutton, says that acting as a shield for your employees is one of the important tasks of a leader. And being a good boss means fostering the culture and […]

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How to get all your executive team on the same page with your strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 24, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

Have you ever had that feeling that your executive team is all saying they understand and support the strategy but you sense that they are not really on the same page? This is a common occurrence and it becomes starkly apparent when we are helping a company translate their strategy to a story everyone can […]

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Are your leaders foxes or hedgehogs?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 17, 2013
Filed in Collaboration, Leadership

The media and business worlds love experts with strong opinions and the ability to explain them confidently and authoritatively. We hear them on TV and read them in newspapers and online every day. Yet a 20-year study shows that these are the very people who are least likely to be accurate in predicting what will […]

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Dynamic tension and team success

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 22, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership

Earlier this week Shawn sent me an email. “You must see Steve Jobs: The Lost interview. It’s available on iTunes” (its the movie, not the radio show). So, naturally I downloaded it and am halfway through it. It’s riveting. Jobs answers nearly every question with a story. When the interviewer talks about developing the first […]

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Victim or player?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 15, 2013
Filed in Leadership

I had a meeting on Friday with a senior leader facing a common problem. There are many changes going on and his people have developed the view that ‘head office doesn’t know anything about what we do and their restructures don’t make sense’ along other related non-productive views. He wants his team on the front […]

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Feeling the need for change

Posted by  Daryl Cook —March 21, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership

Kevin shared this story with me the other day. It’s too good not to retell. > A few years back, there was an ad agency called Allen Brady and Marsh (ABM). It was a very showbiz agency, and not very fashionable. They were pitching for the British Rail account against some very good agencies and […]

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Show don’t tell

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 15, 2013
Filed in Leadership

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Challenging ‘power’ and the stories that triggers

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 8, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

A particular type of story that gets retold in organisations is the story about when ‘power’ was challenged and the result. We collected the following story from a client about how challenge, or more accurately, a perceived challenge, was handled by their former chief executive: Keith just asked a question during one of John’s Chief […]

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Practical application of business storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 5, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

I was asked last week about the practical application of things we cover in our Storytelling for Leaders workshop. Fortunately, we had a very recent example to relate. We ran a session in late November with the senior HR team for a large company and one of the participants called me in December to give […]

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Story-triggering and behavioural integrity

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 27, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Employee Engagement, Leadership

People judge their leaders by how their actions align with their words. And how aligned these two things are then triggers stories that get told, and retold, across the organisation. People are looking to see how the messages they hear from their leaders in corporate communications, presentations, and in the organisation’s espoused values actually align […]

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