Anecdote: making positive choices

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 4, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I am in a plane to Brisbane reflecting on the second delivery of a 2.5 day leadership program we have helped develop for the Australian arm of an international company. A large part of the program used anecdotes collected from within the organisation on leadership behaviours and their impact. The feedback from the participants was great and so were they.

One of the participants reflected on an occasion when she was frustrated that the majority of her team were consistently late for meetings. Faced with many possible ways to handle the problem, what she chose to do was to send an email to the one person who was consistently on time and thanked them for always being punctual and told them how much she valued this.

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Mark works globally with senior leadership teams to improve their ability to communicate clearly and memorably. He has been a Director of Anecdote since 2004 and helped the company grow into one of the world’s leading business storytelling consultancies. Connect with Mark on:


  1. John Caddell says:

    Mark, did it work? Did others start showing up on time?

  2. Mark says:

    Ahh. The first question I asked as well. Apparently it didn’t have any immediate (significant) effect, but over time it slowly stopped happening (turning up late).

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