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TheStoryTest Results

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 8, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Congratulations on doing TheStoryTest—and if you haven’t done it, reading this blog post now is tantamount to cheating—shame on you 🙂 Here are the quick answers. Below we will explain why each example is or is not a story. Pizza innovation – no Basement flood at Tree Hill – yes Hewlett Packard’s European operations – […]

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Endings are important for how we remember experiences

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 8, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Daniel Kahneman, the founder of behavioural economics and winner of the Nobel prize in Economics, tell this story in a recent TED talk. A friend was recently listening to a recording of a beautiful symphony and then at the end of the recording there was a terrible screeching noise. “It ruined the whole experience for […]

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It’s how you recover when things fail that counts

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication, Leadership Posts

Since we started Anecdote in 2004 our local Kwik Kopy in Coburg has printed most of our posters and workshop materials. Kelvin does a great job. Always high quality, delivered when we need it despite the outrageous time frames we sometimes impose. That was the case up until this Wednesday. We’d created a high quality […]

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Strategy alignment and execution consultants: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Anecdote helps you harness the natural power of stories to bring your strategy to life. We help you tell your strategic story and then engage your employees in the strategic process so everyone has a hand in creating it. The result is a strategy everyone understands in concrete, specific terms where the level of commitment […]

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Business storytelling consultants: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Anecdote helps you harness the natural power of stories to bring your strategy to life. We help you tell your strategic story and then engage your employees in the strategic process so everyone has a hand in creating it. The result is a strategy everyone understands in concrete, specific terms where the level of commitment […]

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Book review: Switch—How to Change Things When Change is Hard

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 18, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

It was going to be difficult to surpass their last book, Made to Stick, where they showed us that people wont pay attention unless our message is simple, unexpected, concrete, credible, emotional and a story. And it was going to be even harder practising what they preached to make Switch stick. But I’m delighted to […]

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Some tips for capturing stories on video

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 17, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

A few nights ago I watch Changeling starring Angelina Jolie. It’s directed by Clint Eastwood (has he ever directed a dud movie?) and I was fascinated by a short documentary we found in the DVD extras where Clint explained why he never calls out ‘Action’ when directing a scene. As an actor Clint found a […]

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Collaboration provides autonomy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 15, 2010
Filed in Collaboration

Last week I started a new Making Strategies Stick project with a large IT company. The guys I’m working with are the technical sales folk and as we were working out their strategic story they mentioned that the passion that was once there for their products seemed to be waning among some of their technical […]

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Leaders should tell a story to explain why

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

On a recent trip to Canberra I was lining up to board the plane. Behind me was a young family. Their young son, probably four or five, was quizzing his dad. The boy said: “Why are we in the line?” “Because we are getting on the plane,” his dad replied. “Why are we getting on […]

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The people part of change

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 3, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

In late May 2009 I was invited to advise on change management on a big project in Sydney. The client was a medium size logistics organisation with a history of poor performance, low staff engagement and sub-standard customer service. They were in the midst of something of a crisis. They had been directed to substantially […]

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