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Ira Glass on the power of anecdotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 3, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Ira Glass in a public radio producer and host of This American Life. In this video Ira describes the anecdote as one of the two basic building blocks of a story. He also demonstrates how compelling an anecdote is to listen to regardless of the information being conveyed. It’s one of the reasons why we […]

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Revitalising communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 3, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

I’m truly blessed in knowing lots of interesting people. I don’t mean to boast but this morning it really dawned on me. I’m very lucky. The other thing I’ve come to understand about myself is that I’ve reached an age, or perhaps a stage in my career, when I’m happy to admit that I don’t […]

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Three dimensions of story

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 2, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Several weeks ago, while preparing a presentation on the use of story in organisations. I came up with quite a long list of ways story is used, but it needed a framework. The following came to me in shower (where good ideas occasionally occur and where bad singing is commonplace). The three main dimensions of story in […]

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Over a 1,000 downloads of the ultimate guide to anecdote circles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 1, 2007
Filed in News

I just noticed that we have reached the milestone of over 1,000 downloads of our guide on how to run anecdote circles. Just click on this graphic to download your free copy. If you would like to receive training in how to run anecdote circles, check out our half day course. Tags: anecdote+circles

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Andrew moves on from Anecdote

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2007
Filed in News

Andrew and I met about two years ago at a meme and complexity workshop organised by the CSIRO. I was immediately struck by Andrew’s intelligence and curiosity and thought, “maybe we could work on a project together.” In the following six months we hit it off and Andrew joined Mark and I at Anecdote. Over […]

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An engineer’s paradise

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 27, 2007
Filed in Communication

“If it weren’t for the people, the god-damn people” said Finnerty, “always getting tangled up in the machinery. If it weren’t for them, the world would be an engineer’s paradise.” Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano (1952:59) [thanks Bob Sutton]

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Redressing the balance in developing knowledge strategies

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 27, 2007
Filed in Strategy

Strategies should result in a set of actions making the organisation more valuable to whoever it serves. Knowledge strategies are no different but most organisations develop a knowledge strategy in the following way: the company engages consultants to analyse their needs the leaders are asked, “what result would you like to see at the end […]

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Don’t tell me what to do, tell me a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 27, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Last week I returned from my morning walk to find my 11–year-old daughter filling the blender with ice cream to make a banana smoothie. My first reaction was to say, “What are you doing eating ice cream for breakfast? That’s a bad habit to get into. It’s unhealthy. You should stop having ice cream for […]

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Knowledge strategy in Melbourne and Canberra

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 25, 2007
Filed in Strategy

There seems to be a renewed interest in developing knowledge strategies. We have been involved in three in the last six months and our narrative techniques have been well received. We now need to move people from seeing a knowledge strategy as a thing to a seeing it as a process. We also need to […]

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One of the big misunderstandings about stories and tacit knowledge

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 25, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

People have heard that storytelling is great for dealing with tacit knowledge. They say things like, “If we could only capture our stories we could then capture our organisation’s tacit knowledge.” This is the big mistake! Stories only have meaning in the context of their telling. That is, you need to tell and listen to […]

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