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‘A’ for effort

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 21, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

As a manager, I have always had a lot of time for people who might not be overly talented but who always try their hardest. Highly talented people who won’t ‘put in’ don’t get much time or attention from me. This afternoon a workshop participant told me a story he heard last week that makes […]

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No place for poor fiction

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 24, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

Last Thursday, I met an executive encountering some significant challenges in a major culture change underway in his organisation. He had been inspired to use a story-based approach to help get traction. He was keen to meet as he had some questions around the components of the story he was preparing to write. He had […]

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The value of new perspectives

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 21, 2013
Filed in Leadership

Joseph Jiminez joined Novartis in 2007 as Head of Consumer Health, in charge of the over the counter business. He had a background in consumer packaged goods was a complete novice to the pharmaceuticals industry. Six months later he was appointed to lead the pharmaceuticals division. He was an unlikely choice, neither a scientist nor […]

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The missing ingredient in strategy

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —December 13, 2012
Filed in Leadership, Strategy

Cynthia A. Montgomery is the Timken Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. One of the programs she teaches is for accomplished executives and entrepreneurs at one of Harvard’s flagship programs. Very early on in the program she asks these senior business people to list three words that come to mind when they hear […]

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What really matters

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —November 27, 2012
Filed in Leadership

I read a really interesting interview this morning with Jason Fried, founder and CEO of 37signals, a software company based in Chicago. 37signals are renowned for being real innovators in the way they run their business. For example they shortened their workweek from 5 to 4 days for all their people during summer. What caught […]

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Strategic accelerators

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 26, 2012
Filed in Leadership, Strategy

Hierarchies are great at running established organisations but they are notoriously slow in reacting to major changes. Its not really a problem when your strategy and environment are stable or only changing slowly. But its a big problem when things are changing rapidly and in many cases discontinuously. So, how can organisations effectively deliver their […]

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The power of plain language when communicating strategy

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —August 1, 2012
Filed in Communication, Leadership

Most leaders really struggle to use plain language, especially when it comes to communicating something like strategy. Here at Anecdote we specialise in oral storytelling, and we see this every time we work with a group of leaders in helping them tell their strategic story, or when using stories to build employee engagement or when […]

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Triggering stories and action through competition

When asked for the secret of his success in the steel industry, American industrialist Charles Schwab (1862-1939) always talked about using praise, not criticism, giving liberal bonuses for work well done, and “appeal[ing] to the American spirit of conquest in my men, the spirit of doing things better than anyone has ever done them before.” […]

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Story triggering – reinforcing beliefs

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —April 3, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Communication, Leadership

I did a blog post in February about reconnecting with an old friend of mine, and how she is one of the most gifted storytellers I know. In that post I said I would be sharing some more of her stories, and here is one she shared with me recently. A few years back, I […]

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5 things that happen when you know your company’s strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 1, 2011
Filed in Leadership, Strategy

You can only act strategically, day in, day out, if you know your company’s strategy. Here are five things that happen when you really do know it. you know when to say ‘no.’ you get better support from your colleagues–they are trying to achieve the same things you can wing it with confidence–the strategy is […]

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