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Mondegreens, gigs and deliberate practice

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 27, 2013
Filed in Fun

Last Thursday night, Tony High asked me if I knew what a ‘mondegreen’ was. I had no idea. A quick search of wikipedia revealed that …

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‘A’ for effort

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 21, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

As a manager, I have always had a lot of time for people who might not be overly talented but who always try their hardest. …

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No place for poor fiction

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 24, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Last Thursday, I met an executive encountering some significant challenges in a major culture change underway in his organisation. He had been inspired to use …

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The value of new perspectives

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 21, 2013
Filed in Leadership Posts

Joseph Jiminez joined Novartis in 2007 as Head of Consumer Health, in charge of the over the counter business. He had a background in consumer …

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Christmas message from Anecdote

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 21, 2012
Filed in News

2012 has been an exciting year for Anecdote. We have worked with many inspiring and energetic people and organisations…making strategies stick, helping leaders communicate, influence …

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Business Storytelling – the rookie error

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 12, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

What’s your reaction when someone, in a business context, says “let me tell you a story?” I often ask this question during our Storytelling for …

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Strategic accelerators

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 26, 2012
Filed in Leadership Posts, Strategy

Hierarchies are great at running established organisations but they are notoriously slow in reacting to major changes. Its not really a problem when your strategy …

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That’s how we do it

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 5, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes

We’ve all heard it. “That’s how we do things around here.” It brooks no argument and is a strong signal that changing the behaviour might …

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Strategic stories provide the gist

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 19, 2012
Filed in Strategy

People need the gist: the context, the big picture, the why, before the details become important or meaningful. Read this piece of text from Drew …

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Similar cultures separated by a common language

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 16, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun, News

I’ve been in San Diego for the past three days – mainly holiday but with two speaking engagements for the annual leadership get-together for Sharp …

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