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Fast Company recommendation

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 12, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I just noticed that Fast Company expert blogger Thomas Clifford has listed Shawn as one of 7 interesting storytellers to follow on Twitter. I better start following him 🙂

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Two ears, one mouth

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 9, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

I can’t remember who first said to me “you have two ears and one mouth, and you should use them in that proportion” but it is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. Also, when working in many organisations, I notice it is not applied that widely. Shawn and I have […]

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Don’t second guess me

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 28, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

I am working on a project requiring a major organisational transformation. On Monday, the division’s chief heads off to Canberra to get a mandate to make the change from head office. One of his biggest concerns is head office continuously second-guessing him as he leads the organisation through the change process. He recognises that in […]

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Publicsphere – Government 2.0

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 23, 2009
Filed in Communication

Senator Kate Lundy hosted yesterday’s Publicsphere #2 event on Government 2.0. I attended Parliament House for the morning and ‘watched’ online throughout the afternoon (using the live blog, video stream and the twitter traffic (#publicsphere). It was interesting to watch presentations to an audience of 150 people, the majority of whom had laptops open and […]

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Not just a journey…

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 21, 2009
Filed in Strategy

I started work this week on a major change project. Our ‘three journeys‘ concept for embedding change and making strategies stick is really resonating. I must admit to walking into the project with some trepidation…a broken organisation that needs to be fixed or ‘blown away’ (a nice metaphor…not!). After four days there I feel a […]

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Useful conversations for fledgling CoP

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 5, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

On Tuesday I worked with three new communities of practice in a government agency. Each group was quite different but in all of them we talked about the things the groups should do first. I promised to send them ideas on conversations they might consider early on. Here is what I have come up with […]

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Story week starts on Monday

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 29, 2009
Filed in News

As flagged previously, Anecdote, Innotecture and Sparknow are running Story Week commencing on Monday 4th May. Story week aims to explore how to identify stories that have impact and the consistency (if any) with which people rate the impact of stories. This is of interest for a range of reasons. Firstly, our Narrative Insight process […]

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Story week is coming

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 17, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Anecdote, Sparknow and Innotecture have been working together for a little while now to find out a bit more about what stories have influence and impact. We’ve found quite a difference in views, even among ourselves. So we’re inviting our combined readership and their networks (and their networks) to participate in Story Week (starting May […]

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Difficult conversations

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2009
Filed in Communication

At a recent leadership program we were talking about values and a participant related a recent experience: “Another manager gave one of her staff a real serve in front of the whole office. I was appalled, it set such a bad example. And one of our values is respect for the individual”. When I asked […]

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Knowledge strategies for natural resource management

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, Strategy

In the second half of 2007, Anecdote worked with the Knowledge for Regional Natural Resource Management (K4RNRM) project in Land & Water Australia (LWA) to develop a methodology for the 56 NRM bodies in Australia to develop knowledge and information strategies. The output is documented in the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit (RKRK), a wiki that […]

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