Archive for 2014


3D printing saves a little girl from years of suffering

Posted by  Christopher Kogler —August 28, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Occasionally, a business story resonates deeply with me and renews my belief that we’re here to help others as we journey through this world. This is one of those stories. In April 2014, I attended the first 3D Printing Conference + Expo that was held at the Javits Center in New York City. The conference […]

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The stories we tell ourselves

Posted by  Hannah Havas —August 22, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Ever heard the saying ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’? In my role as a coach, this is often the situation I find confronts most of my clients. Only last week I met with Mary (not her real name) for our first session together. As I sat down in her office, before I could even […]

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Autonomy is a motivating force – for family and work

Posted by  Ronald van Domburg —August 19, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes

In July my family went to Germany for a holiday – a camping trip to Potsdam, near Berlin. My wife Anouk and I had decided beforehand that we wanted to teach our children, Anemoon (aged 7) and Jasmijn (aged 4), something about how to handle money. So we gave the kids 10 euros each, to […]

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How to trigger the retelling of foundation stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 14, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Every organisation, big or small, needs a foundation story that illustrates what’s important to them, what they stand for. But it’s important to remember that foundation stories are not time lines. They are pivotal moments that shape culture. I was reminded of this on a recent trip to the capital of Mexico, where I came […]

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Anecdote turns 10

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 11, 2014
Filed in News

10 years ago on this date I wandered into the registration office to register Anecdote as a new business with the view that we could use story techniques to bring more humanity back into the workplace. My long-term business partner and dear friend Mark joined soon after and in those early days our customers were […]

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2 inspiring examples of business leaders and storytellers

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 31, 2014
Filed in Leadership Posts

A common question we are asked is ‘are there any examples of business leaders who are good storytellers’. Shawn wrote a post a while back with a list of nine good examples. I’d like to add two more to that list. In both circumstances, these leaders made clear and memorable business points by relating relevant […]

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Stories can change something normal into something extraordinary

Posted by  Ronald van Domburg —July 22, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

A few months ago, in my car on the way to see a client, I heard an interview on the radio. There was this lady who had been nominated for the title ‘Cleaning Lady of the Year’. The woman told the journalist about her work in a way that completely surprised me. She was so […]

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2 simple ways to help you remember a business story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 17, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Imagine you’re in a meeting and one of your colleagues makes the bold statement, ‘We need a big initiative here. It’s really the only way to have an impact’. Now, you know that small initiatives can also spark big changes, but just disagreeing with your colleague is unlikely to change their mind, or anyone else’s. […]

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How an Indian hotel chain turned their customer satisfaction around using stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 15, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Two years ago Mark and I flew to New Delhi to run a public Storytelling for Leaders program. This public program was an extended version because we combined a day on business storytelling with a day of what we call story-listening, that is, collecting stories in an organisation and using them to instigate culture change. […]

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Sustainability Stories – Conundrum and Opportunity

Posted by  Christopher Kogler —July 10, 2014
Filed in Communication

We’ve all read and heard the word sustainability but how many of us can articulate what it means? When I started working in the sustainability space several years ago, I was frankly baffled that so many people knew the word, but so few could really explain its meaning. I still regularly ask people for their […]

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