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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Storytelling workshop in New York – 27 September

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 19, 2011
Filed in Events

Only a little over a month before I present our storytelling for business leaders workshop in New York. I remember the first one I did …

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No fun at work – values in action

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement

I heard this story from one of our workshop participants. We were talking about values and how they play out in practice. Their organisation, a …

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Article: How to make your strategy stick with a strategic story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 27, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

“A company without a story is usually a company without a strategy.” Ben Horowitz, entrepreneur and investor1 Steve Jobs bounces onto the stage and grabs …

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The problem with ‘motivational speakers’

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 20, 2011
Filed in Communication, Employee Engagement

So called ‘motivational speakers’ don’t motivate people to change behaviour. Throughout my career I have been involved in organising, planning and developing a huge number …

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