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For those at the top, fostering engagement is a daily routine

The benefits of employee engagement It has been proven that employee engagement is strongly linked to overall company performance. Poor engagement leads to high staff turnover, absenteeism, bad customer service and a failure to reach strategic goals. Good engagement, on the other hand, leads to high staff retention and attendance rates, and to the achievement […]

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Are you aiming for strategy or strategic clarity?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 25, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Having a business strategy is important. Ensuring all staff understand the strategy is even more important. And it all starts with the senior leaders having a clear and consistent understanding of where you are going and why. Lou Gerstner summed it up well: All strategies are essentially the same; the difference is execution. And to […]

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How to detect lies with a storytelling technique

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 8, 2015
Filed in Communication

The idea that you can tell if someone is lying by analysing certain physical cues has been prominent ever since the 1920s, when the polygraph first made an appearance. Psychologists such as the influential Paul Ekman swear by the technique, and they have the backing of popular culture in the form of TV shows like […]

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How to build your decision making skills using storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 4, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

I was recently asked by a law firm to come up with an activity they could conduct during an upcoming staff retreat. They were keen for their junior staff to learn the importance of understanding the dynamics of a dispute, not just its procedural aspects, and they were interested in doing this through the use […]

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Tap into the power of storytelling while we’re in the US

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 29, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

We love spending time in the US, but we only get across once or twice a year. So its vital that we make the most of it when we do… This year Mark will be coming to Orlando from 17th – 20th May to attend our first Association for Talent Development (ATD) Conference – the […]

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Storytelling techniques that get people’s attention

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 24, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Narrative is the oldest and most compelling method of holding someone’s attention; everybody wants to be told the story. Always look for ways to convey your information in narrative form.1 Many years ago, I worked on a big consulting project with a brilliant engineer who had a bad stutter. I noticed that in meetings he […]

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How to find and tell a story to support your cause

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 31, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Activists know that a personal story has the best chance of influencing a decision. So when they canvas support, they often ask for personal stories that will further their cause. The problem is that many people who receive such a request don’t really understand what they’re being asked for. They may think they don’t have […]

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Storytelling for Leaders programmes set for take off in New Zealand

Posted by  Ross Pearce —March 26, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration, News

Let’s catch up over coffee Last October, I received a call from Shawn Callahan, to see if we could catch up over coffee when he was next in Auckland. Shawn and I had been colleagues at IBM and he came to New Zealand in 2003 to help with a major client engagement where we used anecdote […]

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Give your data more power by wrapping facts in a story

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 20, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

Stories are powerful – we all know that. So powerful that, sometimes, a single example can overwhelm a wheelbarrow full of facts.   Business storytelling sceptics I came across an example of this in mid-2012. I was having lunch at a restaurant in Melbourne – reputedly the best laksa restaurant in town. I was meeting […]

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Knowing when to find a strategic narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 17, 2015
Filed in Strategy

Have you ever heard someone say, that picture really tells a story? When I first heard someone say this I just couldn’t see it. How could a single image tell a story? Surely a story is a set of events culminating into something unexpected. There needs to be more than a single image for it […]

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