Archive for 2009


Worthwhile work

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 14, 2009
Filed in Leadership Posts

Is there a movement toward meaningful and worthwhile work? Are people increasingly interested in pursuing work that contributes to a more equitable, just, sustainable and inclusive world? Do people increasingly want work that makes the most of their talents? A job they are proud of? Its certainly getting a push from Gen X and Gen […]

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Birthday drinks venue

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 11, 2009
Filed in News

We have found a place we like for drinks. Madam Brussells, level 3, 59 Bourke St Melbourne. Next to Spaghetti Tree. Come on down and join us.

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Anecdote turns five

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 10, 2009
Filed in News

It seems hard to believe that it was five years ago tomorrow that Anecdote opened doors for business. Time has flown. On Tuesday 11 August, Shawn and I will be in Melbourne city centre having drinks from 5pm to celebrate. We would love to see you there. We will blog and tweet the venue when […]

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Narrative or story-based approach to employee engagement

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 8, 2009
Filed in Employee Engagement

Late last year, a company approached us on the topic of employee engagement. They’d received the results of their biannual engagement survey and, as with previous years, realised that the data pointed them to strengths and potential weaknesses but didn’t help understand what was really going on, or what to do about it. The data […]

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KM Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 7, 2009
Filed in Communication, News

You can imagine my surprise when on day 1 of the conference I found myself sitting at the same table as Dan Kirsch. I’ve never met Dan. I’ve seen some of his posts in ActKM but top-most in my mind was that Dan was the guy who triggered the events that led Yahoogroups to delete […]

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The Bullshit Detection Kit

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2009
Filed in Communication

I discovered this video today which lists 10 questions to help you decide whether a viewpoint, opinion, theory is worth taking on board and believing. Here are the questions that will help you detect bullshit (actually they called it the baloney detector kit but no one says baloney in Australia). Write them down and take […]

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What’s your point?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 29, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

When was the last time you heard one of those rambling stories that seem to go on and on and quite frankly you couldn’t see the point? Is there someone in your organisation renowned for these types of tales? Sadly these people are labelled bores and often ignored. There is one important thing you can […]

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Webinar—Three Questions We Usually Get from Leaders About Storytelling: Reflections, Discussion & Tools

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 27, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Terrence Gargiulo and I are conducting two webinars in August where we will talk about some of the important lessons we’ve learned while helping leaders become better storytellers. It’s going to be an interactive format where you’ll be able to ask questions. The sessions are 45 minutes. Just click on the session that suits you […]

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Persuasion, facts, stories and the law

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Court cases are decided on the basis of the facts and evidence presented. Or are they? I have long believed that court cases are essentially a battle of stories, and whoever tells the most plausible and persuasive story wins. This article might change your mind as well: The Arsenal of Persuasion: Make your closing argument […]

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