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A couple of things I’ve learnt about interventions

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 27, 2005
Filed in Collaboration, Culture

Late last year I described some initial thoughts on what makes an intervention. Here is an excerpt: We call them ‘interventions’ because they are designed to intervene in the ‘natural’ way of things. They are undertaken to create a ‘disturbance’—thus allowing new patterns to form. This approach is different from a project in which a […]

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Brisbane this week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 27, 2005
Filed in News

I’ll be in Brisbane on Thursday this week. If you would like to catch up for a coffee please drop me a line: shawn AT anecdote DOT com DOT au

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Sick of boring conferences? Maybe creating new stories can help

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 26, 2005
Filed in Communication

Earlier this year Johnnie Moore put together an interesting podcast on Unconferencing, asking the question of how can we get away from unsatisfying and boring conferences? I just heard a great story from Rob Thomson a library technician at BlueScopeSteel who designed a detective game to help get delegates more engaged with exhibitors and their stands at a recent 2005 ALIA National Library and […]

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Learning initiatives need stories not measurement

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 25, 2005
Filed in Employee Engagement

I learnt from Nancy Dixon that it’s difficult (perhaps impossible) to determine the organisational impact of a learning initiative. Say, for example, you introduce After Action Reviews (AAR) in your organisation. This intervention is designed to create knowledge through personal and group reflection but once the practice is in place is it the AARs or something […]

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Latham’s diary is a lesson on why we don’t edit anecdotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 24, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes

I was reading excerpts of Mark Latham’s diaries last weekend and I was struck by how neat and complete his entries were and my immediate reaction was, “these must’ve been written and re-written way after the fact”. I even joked with my wife that it was probably a fake. Perhaps my reaction was influenced by […]

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Google Blog Search is now available

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 24, 2005
Filed in News

If you are looking for blogs try Google Blog Search. One of the nice features is the ability to subscribe to your search via RSS or Atom. I’m using it to see who’s referring to our posts in the blogosphere so I can pop on over and contribute a comment.

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Don’t Prepare – Just show up!

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 21, 2005
Filed in Fun

A great little book which I’ve been working my way through lately is Improv Wisdom . There are some great wisdoms for life in this book, like the following four: “Say Yes” “Be Average” “Make Mistakes, Please” “Take Care of Each Other” From an organisational perspective I often wonder about the “Say Yes” maxim. It seems to […]

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The Anecdote team grows to three

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 20, 2005
Filed in News

I’m pleased to announce that Anecdote has moved to a new and exciting phase of its evolution with Mark Schenk and Andrew Rixon joining the company as Directors and experienced practitioners. Mark and I have had a long association starting with SMS Consulting Group where we kicked off their knowledge management programme. Since then we […]

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Firefighters in the US deploy a narrative database of near misses

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 20, 2005
Filed in News

Wired has just reported that 38 fire departments across the US are beginning to use the National Fire Near-Miss Reporting System. Firefighters are encouraged to record their stories of what happened in the field for the day so other colleagues and other fire departments might learn from their experience. One unusual danger reported during the […]

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How marketers can exploit the full power of stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 18, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes

Story-telling is a hot topic in marketing. There is a growing and well-founded belief that legendary brands, such as Apple, Nike, and Harley, have been successful by building great stories around their products-stories in which people want to share. Books are appearing by people such as Seth Godin and Laurence Vincent, which instruct marketers in […]

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