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202 – Efficiency versus cost cutting

Posted by  Anecdote International —March 19, 2024
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast, Uncategorized

Reducing waste increases the efficiency of raw material use. But can we all agree that scraping mould off food product prior to packaging may be a little beyond the pale?

Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: understanding the difference between efficiency and cost cutting, short ‘single point’ storytelling, the retelling factor in stories with disgust, and the importance of avoiding abstraction in your stories.

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201 – Governance and accountability lose their Barings

Posted by  Anecdote International —March 12, 2024
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast, Uncategorized

A governance and accountability story. Welcome to the Anecdotally Speaking podcast! Visit our website for more captivating stories and business insights! https://www.anecdote.com/ In this episode, …

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199 – Approach to the south poles apart – Amundsen Scott

Posted by  Anecdote International —December 7, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Two explorers from the northern hemisphere set out to be the first to reach the South Pole – Roald Amundsen of Norway and Robert Falconer Scott of England. Their expedition planning, team, equipment and transport selections could not have been more different.

Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: corporate culture, knowing your limitations, hand picking your teams and the impact of clear, singular goals on success.

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198 – Mayor in the monkey suit – Stuart Drummond

Posted by  Anecdote International —November 30, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

People from Hartlepool UK are known colloquially as ‘monkey hangers’ – a moniker that stems from the Napoleonic Wars of the 1800s. But this story is about a larrikin mascot in a monkey suit making mayor and breaking records…

Shawn and Mark bring these disparate (but related) stories together to illustrate some business points around seizing the day, fact being stranger than fiction, and judging books by their covers.

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197 – Atlanta Olympic swim 1996 – Kieren Perkins

Posted by  Anecdote International —November 23, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Australian champion swimmer Kieren Perkins barely qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and only just made the final for the 1500 metre event. Shawn and Mark discuss how extraordinary ‘turn-arounds’, under promising and over delivering, and reduced expectations of self can sometimes lead to world class moments.

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196 – Better fire story – Michigan Uni

Posted by  Anecdote International —November 16, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast, Uncategorized

Michigan University researchers sought to understand the ‘stickiness’ of stories – does factual or emotionally charged information provided ‘after the fact’ change how a story is told or re-told? Shawn and Mark discuss how a ‘better story’ might usurp an prevailing story (sometimes regardless of the truth).

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195 – Bullet train kingfisher nose – Eiji Nakatsu

Posted by  Anecdote International —November 7, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Bird watcher and engineer Eiji Nakatsu sped up and made Japan’s bullet trains quieter by studying the kingfisher’s beak.

Shawn and Mark stick their noses into how a business might use this story to encourage innovation through biomimicry.

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194 – French reverse mortgage – Jeanne Calment

Posted by  Anecdote International —October 30, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Jeanne Louise Calment lived to 122 years of age (a species record). Who would have thought such an age was achievable? How would you feel, betting against such a long life, and losing on the deal?

Shawn and Mark discuss how a business might use this story to illustrate the unexpected nature of planning, and the danger of ‘the sure thing’.

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193 – Rolling Stones songwriting – Andrew Loog Oldham

Posted by  Anecdote International —October 6, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast, Uncategorized

Andrew Loog Oldham at 19 years of age was the Rolling Stones first manager. By suggesting that Keith Richards and Mick Jagger start writing original songs, a 50 year plus collaboration was born (affectionately now known as the ‘Strolling Bones’ ;>). Shawn and Mark discuss how a business might use this story to explain both the value of copying masters, and encouraging innovation.

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192 – Americas Cup speed focus – Peter Blake

Posted by  Anecdote International —September 29, 2023
Filed in Anecdotes, Podcast

Sir Peter Blake suggested a single focus for New Zealand’s Americas Cup challenge – only do those things that make the boat go faster – leading to two trophies. Shawn and Mark discuss how a business might use this story to galvanise a team.

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