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Special offer – storytelling skills workshop

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 9, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

Last few days…. Leaders can dramatically improve their ability to inspire, influence and engage both staff and customers by tapping into the natural power of stories. We haven’t run our Storytelling for Leaders workshop publicly for several years and have focussed on delivering it internally for clients. This month represents your only opportunity in 2011 […]

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Employee engagement – good intentions are not enough

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

My engineering friends would say it like this … good intentions are a necessary but insufficient condition for success. In my working life I have only ever met a handful of people who deliberately set out to humiliate, disempower, demotivate or otherwise disengage staff. Yet these are exactly the effects that many managers/leaders have. How […]

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Yes, m’lady

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 14, 2011
Filed in Fun

One of the things we Anecdoters strive for is to meet new people and have interesting conversations. I had one of these this afternoon. In the middle of 2010, Danielle DiMasi followed her passion, and forsaking corporate life, struck out on her own and started a business speaking, coaching and training Gen X and Gen […]

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Curing story blindness: building essential story skills

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 29, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

For the past two years Shawn and I have deliberately ignored Dave Snowden’s regular pot-shots at our work and maintained the civility that we think is both appropriate and necessary when operating in such a complementary and emerging space. It hasn’t been easy to swallow at times. In his most recent instalment Dave takes thestorytest […]

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Exploring employee engagement

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 28, 2011
Filed in Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

We have been using narrative approaches for many years to help organisations with employee engagement. This 4 minute youtube video gives some insights into some of the things we’ve notice working in this field and some examples of behaviours that can build or undermine engagement. In 2009, we also posted a detailed description of how […]

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A teaching story

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 23, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

We are always on the lookout for good stories. I found this one today on the PassionHR list on YahooGroups: As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she […]

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Seasons greetings from Anecdote

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 21, 2010
Filed in Fun

Its that time of year again. I opened the post office box this morning and found it brimming with wishes for the festive season. Its a great time of year to reflect on the relationships we value and to reach out and connect with them. Shawn and I want to thank all the great people […]

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Collaboration on the Moon

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last week I was in Yeppoon in Queensland delivering a keynote and workshop on collaboration at an innovation in government forum. In the workshop I used an activity mentioned by Bob Sutton in his new book ‘Good Boss, Bad Boss‘. Bob is also the author of ‘The No Asshole Rule’ that we have blogged about […]

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Leadership at all levels

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 13, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I spend an enjoyable day yesterday at the AFR leadership conference in Sydney. The first speaker was Alex Malley, CEO of CPA Australia. Alex noted that all of us have childhood experiences that shape our views on leadership. He told a story about his first leadership experience. My recollection of his story is as follows: […]

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The origins of Earth hour

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 24, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, Culture

Earth Hour has been held annually since 2007, in late March. In that first year, Earth Hour focussed on getting one city, Sydney, to switch off its lights for 60 minutes. In 2010, over 1 billion people participated in 128 countries and over 4000 cities. Where did this global phenomenon originate? What forces were arrayed […]

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