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A small act of leadership humanity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 9, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

“The biggest improvements come from small things done consistently over time in strategic places.” — David Allen A company was all travelling together to their yearly …

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Why leaders should use real-life experiences not fables

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 7, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

When we started Anecdote back in 2004 we mainly did culture change projects where we collected stories in an organisation then took people from the …

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An indicator of group fear in organisations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 2, 2014
Filed in Collaboration, Employee Engagement

Over the years I’ve shown a clever little animation in our workshops to illustrate our propensity to tell ourselves stories when things are ambiguous and unclear. …

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Why effective leaders are good storytellers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 30, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

When I run our storytelling for leaders program I like to point out that effective leaders are good storytellers. I say “good” because a leader …

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How to spot a story – a simple story framework: Infographic

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 26, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

With so much talk about business storytelling you’d think business people were telling more stories. Sadly we see lots of people talking about stories but …

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Spanish Storytelling for Leaders

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 23, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Early this year we appointed two business partners in Mexico, one in Mexico City (Jesus Trejo) and the other in Monterrey (Astrolab). Of course this meant …

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4 business women show their business storytelling skills

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 5, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Last year I wrote a post called 9 Video Clips of Business Leaders Sharing Business Stories and it was brought to my attention that 8 of the 9 …

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The best way to improve your storytelling is with feedback

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 2, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Last week we had a fun online event with our business partners. Using Soundcloud a bunch of us recorded a story or two and shared …

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How to trigger the retelling of foundation stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 14, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Every organisation, big or small, needs a foundation story that illustrates what’s important to them, what they stand for. But it’s important to remember that …

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Anecdote turns 10

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 11, 2014
Filed in News

10 years ago on this date I wandered into the registration office to register Anecdote as a new business with the view that we could …

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