Archive for 2008


Fired up and ready to go

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 13, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I was in Singapore last week helping a group of leaders learn how to find and tell their own stories. No templates, no recipes, just helping them become mindful of their own stories and showing that storytelling is a visual practice. Don’t try and remember the words of a story, remember the pictures. Like many […]

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Metaphors everywhere

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

A couple of years ago I spoke at a BHP Billiton planning day. My talk was at the end of the day so I sat up the back and listened to all the other speakers. While listening I was struck by the language the BHP Billiton people used: “we need to turbo charge the process, […]

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Getting started with Collaboration tools

Posted by  chandni —November 11, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

One of the things people find most valuable about our Building a Collaborative Workplace workshop is that it gives them a good solid understanding of what makes collaboration possible and some practical ideas on getting started. Most people are web 2.0 savvy. They use or know someone who uses a set of tools to share […]

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Workshops in 2009

Posted by  chandni —November 11, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

If creating a great place to work is on your agenda or you need to get people on board, here’s what might help you put a plan in place or get your team ready: Find and tell great stories Create opportunities for people to collaborate Use stories to deliver meaningful change and engagement Check out our […]

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When collaboration becomes the way we work

Posted by  chandni —November 10, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Google is considered synonymous with innovation. How do they create the conditions for people to do great work? It can’t simply be a result of this. I saw Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) talk on the Nature of Innovation. Excellent 3 min video. It’s interesting that at Google, people do not sit in business units […]

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Ask a gardner what she knows, in a garden

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 10, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Remembering experiences is heavily dependent on surroundings. I’m currently helping an energy company learn the lessons from retiring employees. I’m videoing their experiences with the view to facilitating sessions using the footage; it’s not really about capturing knowledge, just sparking new conversation based on what’s captured. My last subject was the company’s network controller. He’d […]

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Creating a culture where people have conversations

Posted by  chandni —November 7, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

Many (most?) of our conversations in the workplace are transactional: in fact they are not conversations at all. In the October issue of Anecdotally, we shared a technique to encourage people to have conversations. Here’s a nice success story about how a culture was created where people have conversations. “The London office was horrible”, a […]

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The behaviour of networks

Posted by  chandni —November 5, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Here’s a great ABC documentary on Network Theory: How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer. It illustrates the six degrees of separation phenomenon using the idea of synchronization, the paradox of small worlds, bacon numbers – a game showing how every hollywood actor is linked to Kevin Bacon, the structure of the internet and its hubs, how […]

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Knowledge strategy: little things making a difference

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 4, 2008
Filed in Strategy

The actKM conference was held in Canberra in mid October. One of the presenters was Jane Chrystal from the Central West Catchment Management Authority who were one of the pilot sites for the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit (RKRK) project. The RKRK project developed a process and supporting resources for the various Natural Resource Management regions […]

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Generation WE

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2008
Filed in Communication, Culture

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