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Storytelling for Leaders Program – What Happened in Singapore

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 21, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

In September this year our new partner in Singapore, Anjali Sharma, organised the first Storytelling for Leaders Program in her fine country. She also organised a photographer and videographer and put together this short clip showing you what happened on the day.

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Leaders can trigger new stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 13, 2013
Filed in Leadership Posts

People watch the behaviour of leaders intensely, like they are on stage with a spotlight on them. This concentrated attention on leader behaviour can be used to trigger new stories and to communicate meaning. Often simple actions can be much more powerful than the words leaders use, as illustrated on the example below: In 2007 […]

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The questions leaders need to ask

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 6, 2013
Filed in Leadership Posts

From many perspectives, the video below is a clear message to an unappreciative boss. “You don’t value me, I have no life balance…you are a bad boss.” But if your objective was to either retain this employee or to avoid others leaving, this information would fall into the category of ‘interesting but useless’. When people […]

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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 Posts

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 Posts, 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 Posts

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 Posts

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 Posts

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 Posts

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 Posts

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