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The Bullshit Detection Kit

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2009
Filed in Communication

I discovered this video today which lists 10 questions to help you decide whether a viewpoint, opinion, theory is worth taking on board and believing. Here are the questions that will help you detect bullshit (actually they called it the baloney detector kit but no one says baloney in Australia). Write them down and take […]

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What’s your point?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 29, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

When was the last time you heard one of those rambling stories that seem to go on and on and quite frankly you couldn’t see the point? Is there someone in your organisation renowned for these types of tales? Sadly these people are labelled bores and often ignored. There is one important thing you can […]

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Webinar—Three Questions We Usually Get from Leaders About Storytelling: Reflections, Discussion & Tools

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 27, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Terrence Gargiulo and I are conducting two webinars in August where we will talk about some of the important lessons we’ve learned while helping leaders become better storytellers. It’s going to be an interactive format where you’ll be able to ask questions. The sessions are 45 minutes. Just click on the session that suits you […]

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When to engage in deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2009
Filed in Communication

There are lots of good comments on my post, The importance of deliberate practice and I was prompted to write this one based on Tony Karrer’s observation that many people are thrust into jobs where they must get up to speed quickly. Tony was wondering whether deliberate practice makes sense in these cases. Do we […]

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The importance of deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 12, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

It took me a little while to work out what was happening. I snapped my first photo of the motor scooter with clip board attached in Soho but I only got a fleeting glance and then he was gone. But my next sighting was far more informative. This time the motorcyclist was parked so I […]

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Places to meet for communities – an important ingredient

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 10, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Three weeks ago I arrived in London for a couple of weeks work and a couple weeks holiday. One of my must-see destinations was the water pump in Broadwick Street, Soho, which was the main contamination source for the 1854 cholera outbreak (my family think I’m crazy). This pump is also the star attraction on […]

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Newsletter Addenda

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2009
Filed in News

Newsletter subscriber, Ross Nicholson, rightly points out that Tom Peter’s said “Ready, fire, aim” not “Ready, aim, fire,” which I incorrectly wrote in the last newsletter. It seems automatic pilot kicked in as I was writing that sentence. By the way, did you know you can see all our newsletters online? Just go to http://www.anecdote.com.au/newsletters.php […]

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Why don’t positive stories carry?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Something got me thinking about City of Port Phillip’s Non Crime Hotline this morning. They have a phone number you call to report good news stories. I rang the council and found that Peter Strecker was now in charge of this initiative and he told me that it was in hibernation. It turned out that […]

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The co-evolution of technology and organising

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 22, 2009
Filed in Communication

The technology we use changes the way we organise and the way we organise effects the technologies we use. This hand-in-glove interaction is called co-evolution. Take the example of the invention of the spinning frame during the industrial revolution of the 18th century. The spinning frame made possible large scale cloth production and created the […]

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London public workshops in June

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 22, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, News

Just a quick note to say it is just over 4 weeks before we get together in London for our two workshops (24 & 25 June). Looks like we have a good turn out but if you are thinking of coming along I need to get all the registrations complete in the next two weeks. […]

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