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Using stories to reveal valuable insights in an organisation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 22, 2018
Filed in Communication, Culture

We’ve recently been doing some work around diversity and inclusion for a project with a large construction company. An insight we’ve taken away from this project is how much leaders can be shielded from the underlying issues in their company. No-one wants to worry or disappoint the senior leadership because it could make them seem […]

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011 – High viz role modelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: leadership, safety, speaking up, story-triggering, moments They say what a leader walks past without saying anything becomes the norm. So sometimes it really helps to see what your people will let slide or who will speak up. Today’s story should give you an idea for a little experiment you can do as a leader […]

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010 – Bright spots

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Tags: change, leadership, culture, focussing on the positive One of the most important stories a leader can tell is one that provides insight on how to tackle problems in new ways. I call them intervention stories and some of the very best ones are from outside the business world. In fact, if you look back […]

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009 – Jackie Stewart in the pits

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 5, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Today’s story illustrates the strong link between great work and what can been seen, heard, and felt in the workplace. You can tell this story to help your team understand how top performers appear and get a conversation going about what your workplace looks and feels like. It’s also a great model for an excursion […]

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008 – Gillian is a dancer

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Have you ever had an employee who just didn’t fit, who wasn’t quite cutting it, and your boss suggests you should let them go? Helping people find what they are truly good at is one of the many jobs of a leader and firing someone should be your last resort. So it’s good to have […]

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007 – Saving the Citicorp skyscraper

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 19, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

We often get asked “does storytelling work with finance folk, scientists or engineers?” There’s an assumption in their question that some professions only care about the numbers, the facts, and they don’t have time or an interest for stories. Well, nothing can be further from the truth, everyone tells and listens to stories–it’s a human […]

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006 – Accidentally winding up a bank

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

The way leaders react in times of high stress is a good measure of their character. And it is in these times of strain everyone is taking note of what the leader is doing. The leader’s reaction creates new stories that make the organisation’s culture. You can’t underestimate how important these moments are. Our story […]

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005 – The street corner experiment

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 5, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

A story type we love here at Anecdote is the story of a scientific experiment. It has the double benefit of giving you a story with a good business point and it’s based on peer reviewed research. An experiment story has authority, especially with people who value evidence and science. This week’s story is the […]

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004 – Can’t see the bathroom from the grout

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 29, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

This week’s episode features a small story that’s versatile and really delivers. It’s about a bathroom renovation of all things. Sometimes business stories can come from your personal life and make a good business point. The beauty of many of our personal stories is that they are often relatable. Similar things have happened to the […]

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003 – Pick one great strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 22, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

With all the stories you’ll learn here in Anecdotally Speaking you will need a place, and an approach, to keep track of them so you can find good ones when you need them. So in this episode Mark and I run through some tips to create your own story-bank and give you some important advice […]

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