Archive for 2009


As a business person, why care about storytelling?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 11, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

In 1993, as the co-founder of photographic library startup, I travelled to Los Angeles to check out one of America’s largest commercial photographic collections. Remarkably they were well under way converting their film stock to Kodak PhotoCD, a proprietary digital format launched the year before. We were impressed with Eastman Kodak because it looked like […]

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Difficult conversations

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2009
Filed in Communication

At a recent leadership program we were talking about values and a participant related a recent experience: “Another manager gave one of her staff a real serve in front of the whole office. I was appalled, it set such a bad example. And one of our values is respect for the individual”. When I asked […]

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Knowledge strategies for natural resource management

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, Strategy

In the second half of 2007, Anecdote worked with the Knowledge for Regional Natural Resource Management (K4RNRM) project in Land & Water Australia (LWA) to develop a methodology for the 56 NRM bodies in Australia to develop knowledge and information strategies. The output is documented in the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit (RKRK), a wiki that […]

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A simple explanation of the Cynefin Framework

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2009
Filed in Leadership Posts

A while back I created a sketchcast of how I explain the Cynefin Framework and it became a popular sketch. Unfortunately Sketchcast went out of business and I lost my sketch so last night I recreated it and popped it up on YouTube. This model was first published by Kurtz, Cynthia & Snowden, David, 2003, ‘The […]

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How to tell a story about yourself without sounding like an ego-maniac

To paraphrase Annette Simmons, “People won’t listen to you until they know who you are and what you want.” And one of the best ways to introduce yourself and answer these two questions is to tell a story that reveals something about your character and experience. The challenge for many people, however, is to find […]

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A leader’s role to trigger stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Yesterday I popped out for a meeting at the National Australia Bank. They have a new CEO, Cameron Clyne, and last week he announced a restructure that has substantially flattened the organisation. While the restructure has been the topic of lots of conversations and stories inside and outside the bank, Cameron has done two other […]

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Does your story have impact?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m working with Victoria Ward and her colleagues over at Sparknow at the moment evaluating a set of stories for their likely impact. We do a lot of story impact assessment at Anecdote because when we collect stories we always end up with too many to use in a workshop and therefore must select a […]

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Complexity based interventions and the role of peer pressure

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

A few weeks ago my youngest daughter was kidnapped by her school bus driver. Actually it wasn’t just my daughter, it was every child on the bus that day. It all started a few weeks before the kidnapping. Every day on the way home from school the bus would reach the first stop and one […]

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Building a collaborative workplace – the video

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 4, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

I’ve just uploaded the video of the presentation where you will see the embarrassing larger than life size portrait of me in my undies. Please skip over that part quickly. Building a collaborative workplace using stories from Shawn Callahan on Vimeo.

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Building a collaborative workplace with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 3, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

Here’s my presentation (with audio) that I delivered to the Victorian Public Sector Continuous Improvement Network (VPSCIN) yesterday. Building a collaborative workplace View more presentations from ShawnCallahan. (tags: narrative change) I’m still trying to work out how to sync the audio with each slide. The Slideshare slidecast tool failed me so any help would be […]

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