Archive for 2008


Women’s memories are more speech-filled than men’s

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 24, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Contrary to popular belief, new research is showing that woman don’t talk more than men (see here and here). They do, however, recall more of what was said than blokes when asked to recount their experiences. We must have plenty of examples or these verbatim recollections in the stories we’ve collected over the years. Richard […]

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Expertise: talk the talk vs walk the talk

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 23, 2008
Filed in Communication

Social scientist, Harry Collins, has spent his career hanging out with gravitational wave physicists and learning to talk like one. Harry’s research is on expertise and working out whether someone who can talk like a physicist can be indistinguishable from some who can do physics if you only talk to them. The key to the […]

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New Whitepaper: Three journeys—A narrative approach to successful organisational change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 22, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

David Drake (renowned narrative coach) and I have written this white paper to pull together our thinking on how to use our three journeys approach to organisational change and also add a coaching perspective. I hope you find it useful and of course feedback is welcome. Here’s a little blurb. This paper describes the approach […]

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Finding customer stories

Posted by  chandni —May 20, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

Every organisation has a set of values, most even live by them, but how many have successfully embedded the right behaviours that reflect those values every day? This weekend I read an interesting anecdote in What the customer wants you to know that led me to think about this. A senior manager of a financial […]

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Criteria for implementing initiatives in a complex space

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 16, 2008
Filed in Culture, Insight

Dave’s written a excellent post on how to make progress in a complex environment. It’s excellent because it comes at a time when I’m working with a client where their staff have come up with a range of initiatives yet there is a feeling among some of the project members that the initiatives wont make […]

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Lessons from Lewis & Clark—a new white paper is coming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 15, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

David Drake and I have written a new white paper describing a narrative approach to successful organisational change. We’ve built on our three journeys metaphor, which you might remember was inspired by the epic exploration of the the US West by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Apart from describing the three journeys we’ve drawn a […]

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Rating your own expertise

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 12, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

Last week I was running an open space to kick off a new community of practice for engineers. While I was wandering around the room I overheard one of the participants make this point about self rating your expertise. The guy who has done this job for 20 years rates himself as good. But the […]

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The one-arm boy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 11, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

There was a boy who was born without a right arm. On his ninth birthday he asked his parents if he could join a karate club. They were delighted by the idea and the boy quickly became a regular at the local dojo. The boy wanted to compete in a tournament and asked his master […]

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The difference between knowledge and information

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 11, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration, Strategy

“Not that old chestnut” I hear you cry. We have written a whitepaper on this subject and blogged on it a few times. It keeps the KM list serves across the planet pre-occupied for a few months each year. I recently had coffee with a client to get an update on the implementation of the […]

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Best website for learning

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 8, 2008
Filed in News

We were advised this morning that LearnX Asia Pacific 2008 has announced that the winner in the category of ‘Best Website for Learning’ is ……..Anecdote! We are really pleased that our efforts to make the website an interesting and valuable place have been recognised in this way. Shawn and Robyn are presenting at the LearnX […]

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