Archive for 2008

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Making a difference

Posted by  Daryl Cook —February 19, 2008
Filed in Communication, Culture

I know we keep harping on about this, but little things can make a big difference! Here’s an inspiring Indian public announcement showing a great example:

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Looking for the single, correct answer can be dumb

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 18, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Thanks to ken (one of our favourite Anecdote blog commentors) for this link of Malcolm Gladwell doing what he does best: telling a story which helps us understand something new—this time it’s spaghetti sauce. The story is about Howard Moskowitz and how he transformed our views of retail choice and explains why we have so […]

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Last days to register for our narrative courses in Canberra and Melbourne

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 18, 2008
Filed in Events

Join organisations like IBM, AstraZeneca, National Australia Bank, BHP Billiton, The Treasury and Thiess and register for our Narrative Techniques for Business workshop in Melbourne next Wednesday 27th. To find out more and register click here. And next week (26th) in Canberra we will be running a workshop on how to tell better stories in […]

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Questions

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2008
Filed in News

I’ve created a new blog category today called “questions.” I’m planning to use it to capture some of the excellent story eliciting questions I come across in our work and reading. So to kick things off here is a question from Christina Baldwin: “Can you keep a confidence? Describe a story about confidentiality. What is […]

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Good intentions and the ability to apologise go hand-in-hand

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

I caught up with Julie Perrin yesterday. Julie is a storyteller and performer and we got talking about the dangers of spin in teaching people storytelling. Julie made the important point that any storytelling effort must start with good intentions and be told with authenticity. Then it dawned on me: in a complex world many […]

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The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is now free

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is all about innovation, particularly that type of innovation which occurs when two or more different disciplines, mindsets, ways of doing things, collide and new idea emerges. It seems that Frans learned that “best-selling author Paolo Coelho boosted sales in Russia by uploading a pirate copy of his book, […]

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Marshall Goldsmith on balancing technology and other skills

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 8, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

I heard Marshall Goldsmith say this on my ipod this morning: “So many people have spent a lifetime for preparing themselves for technological skills yet have spent no time training themselves on how to influence people so the technical skills make a difference.” The same is true for collaboration. So many people have spent countless […]

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The link between complexity and narrative?

Posted by  Daryl Cook —February 7, 2008
Filed in Communication

Steve Hardy has written an article – What Specifically Do Generalists Do? To quote: All the elements that make up experiences are very complex when viewed objectively … but since experience is subjective, it is wonderfully refreshing and most useful to look at that kind of complexity through a human subjective lens and ask simply […]

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Business storytelling training in Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 6, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

Regular readers of our blog are well aware of the many storytelling, business narrative and community of practice workshop we run throughout the year. But if you have just found our site you can download our latest schedule of courses or visit our workshop page to see all the topics and dates. This month we […]

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Developing a Collaboration Capability Requires more than Wishful Thinking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 6, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

The ability to collaborate is becoming an essential capability for innovative organisations (actually, for any organisation). Imagine getting any big project done without collaborating. Here’s what scientist and Australian of the Year, Fiona Wood, said on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope TV show about collaboration: “I haven’t got the intellectual capacity or the time or energy […]

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