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Social media demands honesty

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 12, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

I spent a fair bit of Thursday at the Melcrum Strategic Communications Summit in Sydney, where one of our clients was presenting on the use of narrative in their manager development program, exploring their OCI results and embedding their new corporate values. One of the other speakers told how their CEO started blogging internally (at […]

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Context is king

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 10, 2008
Filed in Culture, Selling

In case there are still people out there who believe we act as rational decision makers, take this scenario. You’re in a shop to buy a new ipod and you hear from a friend that two blocks down the street you can get the same one $50 cheaper. Do you go? Yes. Of course. It’s […]

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Narrative-based Change Management

Posted by  chandni —September 9, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Our new workshop now has a new name. We’re calling it Putting Stories to Work: Delivering meaningful Change and Engagement What managers need today is a tool that empowers them to inspire people into action. Narrative techniques can deliver a range of benefits to an organization. It’s just a matter of learning the techniques and […]

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Storytelling as a study technique

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

A few posts ago I described one of the reasons why stories are memorable: they evoke emotion. But stories are also memoriable because they create a framework for us to hang ideas, facts and concepts from. Thanks to Daryl Cook and the magic of delicious I read this post on how to use storytelling to […]

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Finding stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 8, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Tell stories to hear stories Listen to stories to remember your stories Mark and I penned these observations while developing our course on storytelling. The first one, “tell stories to hear stories,” reminds us that a good way to find stories is to tell some yourself. Here’s an example. When I see my teenage daughter […]

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Seven personal skills for effective collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 3, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

It’s easy to talk about what collaboration is or is not or the types of collaboration. What’s difficult is to change your practices (read behaviours) to improve your chances of an effective collaboration. Here are seven personal skills that we all need to master to give collaboration a chance. How to apologise How to advocate […]

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Storytelling for business leaders workshop in Melbourne—23 September

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 3, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

This workshop has turned out to be one of our most popular offerings. In the last few months we have delivered it to sales people in IBM, engineers in Allinta and have just received word we have been selected to deliver it to NAB leaders throughout the bank. The great news is that you can […]

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Emotion, memory and stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 3, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Do you remember where you were when you first saw the those two jumbo jets plunge into the World Trade Center? How well do you remember what you were doing when you saw it? Can you remember the room you were in, the people in the room with you, what you said, what you thought? […]

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A new workshop, but what should we call it?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Many of you will be familiar with our business narrative workshop. It’s a one day event where we cover how to find anecdotes in an organisation and then help your people make sense of the patterns they contain so new initiatives can be designed and implemented. Every time we run this workshop the participants say […]

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Aphorisms we should dismiss in the face of complexity

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

Life’s little sayings have a big impact on how we think. A stitch in time saves nine. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. They make up our common sense but as Einstein quipped: “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” I believe these aphorisms survive because […]

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