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Identifying a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m just in the process of building up some reflections for my workshop in Boston (you’re most welcome to register and attend) in a couple of weeks and thought I would share some snippets as I progress. You will notice some of the following text is directly from previous blog posts and some is new. Annette Simmons […]

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Why use business narrative techniques?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 17, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Whenever someone asks me this question I tell them this story. One of our first narrative projects was to help a government department assess their occupational health and safety practices to see whether their policy and procedures were being following and to determine their training needs. We formed two teams to collect our data, one […]

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Communities of Practice – a strategic technology?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 15, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

I saw the slide pack from a Gartner briefing today. It listed the ‘Top 10 Technologies for 2007’. Included in the list was ‘communiites and collective intelligence’. This ‘technology’ involves linking people within and beyond your organisation and helps organisations to ‘move beyond “enablement” and tap the value of internal communities’ and to ‘exploit the […]

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Thinking strategically about communities of practice

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 14, 2007
Filed in Collaboration, Strategy

I have just returned from the UK and from co-delivering a training program for new CoP coordinators in a global company. It was a great experience and I learned much about communities of practice. In the week before, I spent some time in Brisbane looking at some of the company’s CoP success stories. A number […]

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Make it explicit when…

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 13, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

The following four conditions are cited as factors that communities of practice might consider in deciding whether something should be made explicit: it is relatively stable it has longer lasting value for a larger community it is expected to be retreived relatively frequently it will be maintained and kept up to date A van Unnik, […]

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Nature of business narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 13, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Some people think a story must have a plot, character development, a protagonist, a turning point and a resolution. This might be true of a film script, a play, a novel etc. but in organisations stories tend to be much smaller and inconspicuous. Stories can range from well rehearsed retellings of a foundational moment in […]

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Intuition and decision making

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2007
Filed in Collaboration, News

Margie Borschke interviewed me a while back and wrote this article on decision making. Tags: margie+borschke, intuition, decision+making

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Future stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

A simple way to help people develop stories of how their organisation might operate in the future is to ask them to consider specific triggering events then explain what happened. It’s important the triggering event is specific yet representative. For example, a triggering event might be Ron Wilson suddenly resigning from the investments section to […]

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Using video to capture stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 8, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

There are two examples on the web you should check out. 50 Lessons is a subscription video library of senior executives recounting their experiences. It’s called 50 Lessons because the original set of 50 companies they interviewed were ones that in the early ‘70s helped propel the stock market into a long bull run. These clips are […]

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Meeting you in the US of A

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 6, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

Towards the end of this month I will be in Seattle, Boston and Las Vegas. If you are in or near any of these cities and would like to meet, send me an email and hopefully we can organise a time to catch up. Seattle: 26th March Boston: 28th or 30th March Las Vegas: 2nd […]

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