Archive for 2006


Google’s experimental decision market

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 13, 2006
Filed in Culture, Leadership Posts

Last September I reviewed James Surowiecki’s book Wisdom of Crowds. At the end of the review I said: I can understand why, as Surowiecki laments, few organisations have implemented group decision-making—because it removes power from those who have the authority and responsibility to implement the decisions. So it was a pleasure to discover, a little […]

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Narrative reveals values in action

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 11, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

During the course of 2005 we ran many narrative projects on a range of topics including project evaluation, occupational health and safety, trust, change management and culture change.  In each case one of the valuable outcomes was the exposure of the values in action in the organisation.  In several cases, the values in action were significantly […]

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Employment Today has published our paper on narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 11, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Employment Today has published our paper called Telling Tales which is a version of Using Stories to Size up a Situation. This paper is primarily about the use of anecdote circles and how they can supplement surveys and interviews. If you want to understand the full process we use to collect, make sense and design interventions […]

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What would you recommend to an American on what to read to learn about Australia?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 11, 2006
Filed in Fun

I need your help because I’m a little stumped. Michael Wagner in a comment exchange here has asked for some ideas on how to learn about Australia. I’ve pointed him to Peter Garrett’s Australia Day speech where he describes the things you might do with an overseas visitor but I’ve realised I don’t have a […]

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Collecting stories to build a World Trade Center memorial

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

BL Ochman has alerted me to this excellent initiative. The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation is collecting stories about 9/11. I guess we all remember what we were doing when this tragic event unfolded. The story-base will be significant and I can see how it will be an effective memorial. With such a rich resource […]

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This is a learning blog

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2006
Filed in Communication

Kathy Sierra over at Creating Passionate Users (one of my favourite blogs) has a learning blog: “A blog that shares what you know, to help others. Even—or especially—if that means giving away your ‘secrets.’” Here at Anecdote we’ve had a similar approach. I remember a few years ago reading a book called Knowledge Assets by […]

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Michael Crichton and complexity science

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 8, 2006
Filed in Communication, Culture

Here is a set of videos of Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park and other techo-thrillers) presenting at The Smithsonian Associates and The Washington Center for Complexity & Public Policy. His 60 minute talk (plus Q&A) focuses on the topics of fear, misguided predictions and the impossibility of managing the environment with a mindset of linearity. Using […]

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Describing your company values

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 8, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

In 2004 I helped a large bank conduct a narrative project to examine trust in a call centre. They had just finished working on their corporate vision and values a few months earlier. Their list of values included the usual suspects: integrity, professionalism, respect. What I found interesting was that when we collected the anecdotes […]

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Communities of practice – the right brain of the organisation?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 5, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Happy New Year to everyone from the team at Anecdote.  We hope you are returning fresh and fully charged to take on 2006… I have been thinking about a metaphor that describes communities of practice as ‘the right brain of the organisation’.  As we know, the right and left brains are described as performing different […]

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New words are new worlds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 1, 2006
Filed in Insight

I’ve just arrived home from a week at Jervis Bay—stayed with my folks. My family and I spent lots of time on the beach and reading books. I was kept entertained by Melvyn Bragg’s The Adventure of English which, among other things, got me thinking about how to keep abreast of new developments. Rather than trawling through bit-oceans […]

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