Archive for 2013


The questions leaders need to ask

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 6, 2013
Filed in Leadership Posts

From many perspectives, the video below is a clear message to an unappreciative boss. “You don’t value me, I have no life balance…you are a bad boss.” But if your objective was to either retain this employee or to avoid others leaving, this information would fall into the category of ‘interesting but useless’. When people […]

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A good boss acts like a shield to corporate BS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

It’s not easy to be a good boss. In a 30 year career I can count three (thanks Walt, Amy and Steve). Stanford business professor, Bob Sutton, says that acting as a shield for your employees is one of the important tasks of a leader. And being a good boss means fostering the culture and […]

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Need a story to tell as a leader?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 1, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

We’ve been blogging since 2004. And over the years we have shared hundreds of stories. Some of those stories are definitely ones you could retell as a leader so we have identified the best ones, tagged them with what we think they are about and highlighted the story in the  post so you can quickly […]

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9 Video Clips of Business Leaders Sharing Business Stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 27, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

When business leaders start building their business storytelling skills it can help a lot to see how other business leaders tell business stories. Here are 9 examples from some of the world’s top business leaders who purposely and systematically share stories to help their message to stick. You might like to review our guide to […]

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IABC Survey shows strategic narratives linked to effective change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 21, 2013
Filed in News, Strategy

The International Association of Business Communications (IABC) recently published the findings from its internal communication (iC) survey for 2013. It was interesting to see it had an entire section dedicated to strategic narratives. Here are some of the results. The survey sampled 215 Internal Communication professionals across Australia. 28% of the companies have a strategic […]

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Unlock the power of storytelling by being specific

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 16, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Selling

To really unlock the power of storytelling, you need to Be Specific with the stories that you tell. Last week I was working with a group of bank managers in one of our Storytelling for Leaders programs. We were showing them how the Influence Story pattern can be used to help overcome entrenched positions and tackle anti-stories. […]

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How to spot an oral story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 13, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

The ability to spot an oral story is THE key to effective story-work. You only get the benefits of storytelling if you’re telling a story. This knowledge alone will set you apart from all the people who are merely talking about stories but not telling any. Just this week, for example, I bumped into one […]

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Storytelling for Leaders – Sydney 28 November 2013

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 10, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be running our popular Storytelling for Leaders program in Sydney on Thursday 28th November 2013. The workshop gets rave reviews from participants and our Net Promoter Score (NPS) for the past 12 months is +79 (if you are not familiar with NPS, +100 is the maximum possible score and […]

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To John Hagel: please don’t take story out of corporate narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 9, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

John Hagel is a highly influential business thought leader. He heads up a think tank for Deloitte Touche in the USA and has written some terrific books such as the Power of Pull. Senior leaders listen to John and he’s in the privileged position to introduce new ideas, such as corporate narrative, to boardrooms around […]

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Tell better business stories by resisting the urge to write them down in full

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 29, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

When leaders first learn about business storytelling quite often their first instinct is to write their stories down, in full with all the flourish they hope to convey in the retelling. This is a mistake. You see, each time you tell an oral story it’s done in a specific context and, in the case of […]

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