Posts Tagged ‘Persistence’

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032 – Dyson innovation really sucks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 30, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: Dyson, failure, hard work, innovation, insight, persistence, problem solving, success  The story of how James Dyson designed and produced the first bagless vacuum cleaner is one of perseverance and iteration. We know the ending of this story, but the fifteen years which precede it are well worth sharing for the insights they offer into innovation. […]

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019 – Three feet away from the gold seam

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 24, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: persistence, hard-work, experts, mining It takes a lot of hard work and persistence to do something great. Naturally, if the goal is a big one it’s going to be harder to achieve. You just don’t want to give up and find out that you were close to achieving it. This week, Mark tells a […]

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015 – Empty bunks in tall ships

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 18, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Tags: persistence, vision, opportunities It’s Mark’s turn to share a story, and so he tells a great one of how Janusz Kamiemski wanted to come to Australia but didn’t think he had any chance of doing so. It’s a great example of persistence with a twist at the end. He told the story at a […]

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Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

Thomas Jefferson was a great believer in luck, and he found that the harder he worked the luckier he got. His friend and fellow signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, shared this belief in hard work and self development. From a remarkably young age Franklin understood the importance of practice. Not the kind […]

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As a business person, why care about storytelling?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 11, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

In 1993, as the co-founder of photographic library startup, I travelled to Los Angeles to check out one of America’s largest commercial photographic collections. Remarkably they were well under way converting their film stock to Kodak PhotoCD, a proprietary digital format launched the year before. We were impressed with Eastman Kodak because it looked like […]

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Innovators are a bad choice for change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m thoroughly enjoying reading Influencer at the moment and the story of Dr Everett Rogers grabbed my attention. After finishing his PhD his first job was to help Iowa farmers adopt a new strain of corn which promised much higher yields. He spoke to many farmers and couldn’t get a single one to try out […]

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The one-arm boy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 11, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

There was a boy who was born without a right arm. On his ninth birthday he asked his parents if he could join a karate club. They were delighted by the idea and the boy quickly became a regular at the local dojo. The boy wanted to compete in a tournament and asked his master […]

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