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KM Australia 2012

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2012
Filed in News

I’m presenting our story work at KM Australia this year (24-26 July) and I’ll also be taking part in the debate, which has been organised in a friendly and fun way. We are debating whether tacit knowledge can and should be captured. If you’d like to know more about the congress here’s the event blurb. […]

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An open letter to Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Dear Ginni, Congratulations on your appointment as IBM’s CEO. I’m looking forward to seeing how the company changes under your wise guidence. I’m writing this letter because I’ve just read the transcript of your interview at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit held last year. I hope you don’t think this too bold but I would […]

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A simple test for your strategic initiatives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2012
Filed in Strategy

Richard Rummelt, in Good Strategy / Bad Strategy, opened my eyes to a simple test to help you see if you have effective strategic initiatives. But before I describe the test here’s some context. Crafting a strategy involves choosing a course of action to achieve desired outcomes over a set time period. An effective strategy […]

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Kerenza and Chris and the new Anecdote Keep Cup

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 20, 2011
Filed in Fun

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5 things that happen when you know your company’s strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 1, 2011
Filed in Leadership Posts, Strategy

You can only act strategically, day in, day out, if you know your company’s strategy. Here are five things that happen when you really do know it. you know when to say ‘no.’ you get better support from your colleagues–they are trying to achieve the same things you can wing it with confidence–the strategy is […]

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Making the most of story-work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Employee Engagement, Strategy

In using story-work to build a brand, engage employees, or for one of its many other purposes, organisations nearly always focus on storytelling. The meme is strong because the act of storytelling is so powerful. But to focus solely on this one aspect of story-work severely limits the benefits. The most valuable application of this […]

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How we judge stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 1, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I found myself watching parliamentary question time today on TV (OK, I was tired. I did yoga for the first time last night). There were lots of questions about when exactly did the leaders of the government and the opposition know about Qantas CEO’s, Alan Joyce, decision to ground his airline. It was a heated […]

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HP’s CEO loses his job for want of a strategic story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 17, 2011
Filed in Communication, Leadership Posts, Strategy

It’s quite possible you’ll lose your job as CEO if you are unable to persuasively communicate your company’s strategy. Léo Apotheker, the recently fired CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has just learned this lesson. Mr Apotheker was appointed CEO of HP in October 2010 less then a year before he was let go. Before HP, Apotheker was […]

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Four story-based practices to foster insight

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 4, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

“Insight is an unexpected shift to a better story.”–Gary Klein, Seeing What Others Don’t You can download the pdf version of this article. Shawn and Mark wrote this article for the Storytelling for Insight workshop that that was held in Singapore in 2011 with Gary Klein and Patrick Lambe and featured in Gary Klein’s book, […]

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Fundraising Appeal for Christian Dahmen

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2011
Filed in News

Christian Dahmen is an extraordinary fellow who is a long term supporter and advisor for Anecdote. He is now in the battle of his life and he needs our help. Christian has Lou Gehrig’ disease, a motor neuron foul up that is wasting his muscles away causing weakness and respiratory difficulties. Christian has exhausted his […]

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