Archive for 2007


Cognitive biases

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 9, 2007
Filed in Communication

Who said we were rational beings? Here is a multitude of cognitive biases we are all subject to such as the information bias (the tendency to seek information even when it cannot affect action), false consensus effect (the tendency for people to overestimate the degree to which others agree with them), and the halo effect […]

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Have the large consulting firms trained us to do knowledge strategies the wrong way?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 8, 2007
Filed in Strategy

I just returned from a week’s holiday at Mossy Point in NSW and as usual I had a pile of books I was going to read and somehow managed to read a completely different set. This usually happens because my host often has a more compelling choice of reading or there’s a good second hand […]

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Storytelling with comics

Posted by  Daryl Cook —July 6, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

Last night I met Cris Pearson, CEO of plasq, a small group of passionalte software developers. We quickly discovered a shared interest in storytelling, albeit from different perspectives. Plasq develop an award-winning software program called Comic Life, which is a program designed to create comic strips or arrange photos into a scrapbook. Mac users may […]

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Open space video

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 4, 2007
Filed in Employee Engagement

This YouTube clip provides a good concise overview of how open space meetings work. Source: Open Space List

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Learning before…

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 30, 2007
Filed in Communication

Our friend and colleague Amanda Horne sent us an e-newsletter with an essay about a brilliant networker called Catherine Fitzgerald. The essay describes some of the ways that Catherine networks by helping others and sharing her knowledge and experience. One of her activities is to to set up ‘Collegial Consults’ that described as follows: Catherine […]

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Not so Newcomer

Posted by  Robyn —June 29, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Insight

Well, Daryl’s arrival on the scene at Anecdote has really put the pressure on me now he has published his maiden blog post. Here I’ve been for several months and nothing from me but a deafening silence. For people who have actually met me this is entirely out of character. I have opinions on everything […]

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Data, Information, Knowledge: a sensemaking perspective

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 28, 2007
Filed in Communication

The relationship among data, information and knowledge is often depicted as a pyramid. With data at the base, it’s converted to information and information converted to knowledge. This metaphor of a pyramid or ladder to explain these concepts is unhelpful because you start to believe one is better than the other and there is a […]

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It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 26, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

I read this lovely quote in the following paper, Petranker, J. (2005) ‘The When of Knowing’, The Journal of Applied Behavioural Science, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 241-259. “When you are in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion, a dark roaring, a wreckage of shattered glass […]

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One of the many forces driving the need for knowledge retention practices

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 24, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

The ‘up or out’ policy is well known in consulting firms like McKinsey & Company. If you are not promoted in 5 years to partner then you’re out. It has been estimated that up to 5/6ths of people who leave McKinsey leave as a result of this policy. What might be surprising to some is […]

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Anecdote Team Grows

Posted by  Daryl Cook —June 21, 2007
Filed in News

Hello Everyone, By way of introduction – my name is Daryl Cook; I’m the ‘new kid’ on the block here at Anecdote. How did I end up here? … well, I’m passionate about group facilitation and collaboration and it’s my purpose to discover more human, more productive, and more creative ways for people to work […]

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