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Moving on

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 6, 2008
Filed in News

Anecdote has been fortunate to have had Krista Schmeling as part of our team since mid-October last year. She has done lots of work supporting our communities of practice projects and has kept our workshop program running smoothly and added significantly to our cumulative artistic capabilities. Unfortunately, others have noticed her talents and she leaves […]

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Metaphors—Dangerous Undertaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 2, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

My friend, Alison Spencer, suggested I get a copy of James Harlow Brown’s book, Dangerous Undertaken, and I have to say it’s been one of my best Amazon purchases in some time. It’s a book about personal and organisational transformation written as a dialogue between a hot shot executive and a wise mentor he happened […]

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4 Stories themes that can help engage staff

Posted by  chandni —February 29, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

The January ’08 cover of CIO magazine provokes an interesting thought about managing people: There’s so much to be done to bring and retain people in an organization. Hidden within these 23 points is a learning curve that the employee is expected to leap across. So what is the best way to ‘hang on to […]

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An anecdote’s point of view

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Ford Harding has just posted two versions of the same anecdote. The first paints the consultant as the hero while the second focuses on the effort of the client. Ford wants us to consider which version would we tell and why. Version #1 Sometimes losing is almost as good as winning. Not long ago, a […]

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Meeting to talk about storytelling, narrative and complexity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I run a meetup group in Melbourne call Emergence and we get together for drinks and dinner each month. Our next meeting is on the 13th March at 6pm. For full details and to RSVP go to here. It very informal and just a good way to catch up with new people and talk about […]

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Anecdote’s will be checked and re-checked

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 27, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Expect any anecdote you tell to be tested and retested, especially if you are a politician. Barrack Obama is a storyteller par excellence and so when he recounts a story you can bet there is an army of doubters checking out its validity. Here is the anecdote in question reported in the New Republic. “You […]

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What is thought?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’m listening to Will Durant’s book, The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, and I noticed this passage which help us understand why we get in such a pickle when we try and define knowledge. “What is thought? It baffles description because it includes everything through which it might be defined. It is the […]

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Knowledge management lessons

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

As the co-ordinator of the SIKMLeaders community of practice, Stan Garfield asked the community members this question: “If you were invited to give a keynote speech on knowledge management, what words of wisdom or lessons learned would you impart?” Here’s my answer. All KM is change management View every knowledge management initiative as a change […]

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Everyone has a story…

Posted by  Robyn —February 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

…is the byline of Smith, an online storytelling community that provides a space to read, write, and share stories. Just over twelve months ago they posed a challenge to the community that was based on the famous $10 bet that Ernest Hemingway rose to conquer – that he could not write a short story in […]

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Running a knowledge market on a teleconference

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

Inspired by a conversation with Chris Young at Thiess, Robyn and I ran a knowledge market activity with our client and their spatial modeller community of practice. We had three objectives: Help participants appreciate the nature of what members are keen to share with the community and what members are seeking to learn Create new […]

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