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Brain Blast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 14, 2010
Filed in News

Our friends at Quick Think are running one of their creativity and thinking workshops, the Brain Blast, on the 3rd December in Melbourne. You can get all the details here and sign up for the session here. A great way to get the juices flowing to cap off the year.

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In praise of imperfect stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 4, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My daughter and I recently watched The Rocky Horror Picture Show and our DVD has the option to play the audience participation sound track while you watch the movie. It brought back fond memories from the early eighties going to screenings where we would take our rice, water pistols, confetti and newspapers and for every […]

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An approach to mentoring

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 19, 2010
Filed in Culture

Sometimes you just need a few things to get started. I think this is the case for mentoring. We have been helping a company develop a mentoring culture and in typical Anecdote style we collected 50 stories of good and bad mentoring in the organisation and then help potential mentors draw lessons from these stories […]

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The Party Thieves by Barrie Cassidy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 17, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

The meeting of MPs “happened in his office in September 2009, when a delegation chosen by the backbench went to see him about a proposal to cut MP printing allowances. This was an issue that directly affected the ability of the backbenchers to do their job, yet the decision had been taken without any consultation […]

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Thanks is good business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 11, 2010
Filed in Communication, Employee Engagement

When we collect stories in companies one of the most common anecdotes is the one about the boss who fails to recognise their staff’s work. People want to be thanked, appreciated, recognised regardless of their level in the organisation or their level of skill or expertise. Dan Ariely conducted a simple experiment described in his […]

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Four things you need to have in your head

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 29, 2010
Filed in Leadership Posts, Strategy

Have you ever had this happen to you? I was chatting with a senior leader asking him about their organisational values. “Yeh, sure, we have a set of values. Let me see, where did I put the annual report?” He then ferreted around his office to find the list of values. There are some things […]

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A simple practice for building your story repertoire

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 19, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

How do you remember so many stories? I get this question a lot and for some time I didn’t really know the answer. I certainly believe stories are important, that they are memorable, help you connect with your audience and all the other many benefits we talk about on this blog. But how does one […]

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Unlocking your iPhone from Optus while travelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 11, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, News

I’m in Singapore at the moment. Had an amazing time last week because I spent three days with many of the story practitioners I really admire at the Origins Business Narrative Conference and learned heaps. But there was a glitch. Whenever I travel overseas with my trusty iPhone I get hit with ridiculous global and […]

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How do you organise your stories?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 17, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I didn’t realise it at the time but when we started this blog back in 2004 we were creating a type of story bank where we could go back and retrieve great stories to tell. Recently we have made this more accessible with Story Finder. We have an even more sophisticated system we use internally […]

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Putting stories to work is more than storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 16, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Telling, telling, telling …  So many in the field of story work focus on storytelling. Sure, telling a good story at the right time has impact. But storytelling represents a mere fraction of what can be done with business stories. Here is one little example. Last year I had a call from Kirstyn. She works […]

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