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Social search – getting your community and colleagues to help improve findability

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 24, 2007
Filed in Communication

Why does Google work? Because on the internet people link between sites. Popular sites are popular probably because they are relevant and more people link to these sites. As a result Google ranks them higher than others and hey presto when you Google the most highly ranked sites are at the top. What happens on […]

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Chasing cool

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 23, 2007
Filed in Strategy

Who is prescient enough to be able to consistently predict the future? These researchers think they can. Coolhunting: Chasing Down the Next Big Thing via Tom Davenport

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Why we need stories from the edge

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 23, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

I came across the idea of the power law when I read Duncan Watt’s Six Degrees. It’s the one that best describes city population distributions, the size of hubs in networks, the popularity of blog sites, word frequencies and the Pareto principle, to name just a few. In power law systems there’s one standout (the […]

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Storytelling in organisations (and organizations)

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 22, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

The Anecdote website is all about storytelling in organisations. You can get an idea of how we use business narrative by checking out how we help organisations use business narrative. But to get you started with some ideas, here are a few links to posts other people have found useful (based in del.icio.us). Questions to […]

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What’s in a knowledge environment?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 21, 2007
Filed in Strategy

In 2002 I wrote a paper called Crafting a Knowledge Strategy. Its basic premise was that a knowledge strategy should be designed for emergence: it should both encourage and cope with unpredictable things happening. Part of the framework included something I called the knowledge environment, a container of sorts that enabled knowledge to be created, […]

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Complexity described

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 19, 2007
Filed in Collaboration

Here is a great quote from Ursula K. LeGuin that succinctly describes complexity. It was posted by Kathleen Osta to the Open Space List earlier today. The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next

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Most Significant Change – a primer

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 19, 2007
Filed in Communication, Leadership Posts

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” When Einstein uttered these words little did he know that he was stating the case for techniques like Most Significant Change (MSC). MSC is a simple process for helping senior decision-makers develop a gut feel for what an initiative has […]

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Dreadful managers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 16, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

How do they get away with such appalling behaviour? I’ve seen some dreadful displays by managers who seem to revel in the power and forgetting their role is to serve their staff so everyone can deliver value to their clients/stakeholders. Bob Sutton calls these people assholes and has written a neat book about them (The […]

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Anecdote News – September 2007

Posted by  Daryl Cook —September 14, 2007
Filed in News

Welcome to the September Anecdote newsletter. It’s been a busy but exciting past month. During August we celebrated Anecdote’s third birthday and to mark the occasion, Shawn put together a number of short presentations exploring our history. This short history of Anecdote can be found on our blog: In this edition of the newsletter we […]

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Storytelling and social media

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 14, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Jennifer Jones mentions that she has been working with Intel on the social media activities and how storytelling plays an important role in Intel’s success in this area. Jennifer makes the following observation: However, I am struck when I watch vblogs and listen to podcasts how many people today are not storytelling with social media. […]

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