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ROI on building management capability

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 6, 2009
Filed in Strategy

Today’s Australian Financial Review (p7) reports on the release of a study funded by the federal government. The report, titled ‘Management Matters in Australia: Just how productive are we?’ demonstrates what we know intuitively..that if a company can lift management performance, it will be a key factor in improving company financial performance. The report found […]

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Random thoughts on anecdotes

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 16, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

Here are some thoughts/experiences from last week regarding anecdotes, how to elicit them and story-telling Last Wednesday I listened to Alana, an Aboriginal lady, tell a traditional teaching story and we chatted afterwards. In organisations we generally see stories morph over time, with details changing but much of the meaning being retained. Alana explained that […]

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Successful leadership

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 16, 2009
Filed in Communication, Leadership Posts

This article gives an overview of a new book by Jason Jennings, ‘Hit the Ground Running‘ about the secrets of winning CEOs. He didn’t find the most successful CEOs any smarter; they were ‘smart enough’. This similar to Gladwell’s view in his latest book ‘Outliers‘. Jennings describes these successful leaders: what differentiates them from their […]

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Worthwhile work

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 14, 2009
Filed in Leadership Posts

Is there a movement toward meaningful and worthwhile work? Are people increasingly interested in pursuing work that contributes to a more equitable, just, sustainable and inclusive world? Do people increasingly want work that makes the most of their talents? A job they are proud of? Its certainly getting a push from Gen X and Gen […]

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Birthday drinks venue

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 11, 2009
Filed in News

We have found a place we like for drinks. Madam Brussells, level 3, 59 Bourke St Melbourne. Next to Spaghetti Tree. Come on down and join us.

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Anecdote turns five

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 10, 2009
Filed in News

It seems hard to believe that it was five years ago tomorrow that Anecdote opened doors for business. Time has flown. On Tuesday 11 August, Shawn and I will be in Melbourne city centre having drinks from 5pm to celebrate. We would love to see you there. We will blog and tweet the venue when […]

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Narrative or story-based approach to employee engagement

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 8, 2009
Filed in Employee Engagement

Late last year, a company approached us on the topic of employee engagement. They’d received the results of their biannual engagement survey and, as with previous years, realised that the data pointed them to strengths and potential weaknesses but didn’t help understand what was really going on, or what to do about it. The data […]

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Persuasion, facts, stories and the law

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Court cases are decided on the basis of the facts and evidence presented. Or are they? I have long believed that court cases are essentially a battle of stories, and whoever tells the most plausible and persuasive story wins. This article might change your mind as well: The Arsenal of Persuasion: Make your closing argument […]

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The Case for Complexity, the Pecha Kucha way

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 16, 2009
Filed in Communication

Last week I gave a presentation to the Canberra Pecha Kucha group on complexity. I subsequently recorded the presentation and loaded it to youtube. Pecha Kucha (explained in a you tube video here) is a presentation format where you have 20 slides and each slide is visible for 20 seconds. Putting the presentation together highlighted […]

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