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Anecdote.com is live

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 12, 2010
Filed in News

When we started Anecdote in 2004 our web presence consisted entirely of this blog. We gradually built content, and a following, but every now and then people would say, “we really love your blog but what exactly do you do?” So for some time now we’ve been planning a website that described our consulting work. […]

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How to get your story heard at work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

In a fast paced workplace dominated by tasked focussed folk hell bent on ticking boxes and creating outputs, it can be difficult to get your story heard. The conversation can go something like this: “OK, what’s the next item on the agenda?” The preceding conversation reminded Jean-Pierre of something they should really avoid that happened […]

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Irene Pepperberg and Alex

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

In the 1970s Irene Pepperberg was studying for her PhD at Harvard in theoretical chemistry but wasn’t really loving it. Then she learned about the interesting work that was happening in training animals to communicate with humans. People were working with chimps and dolphins and amazing strides were being made. She was hooked and threw […]

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Does your organisation have strategic clarity?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 5, 2010
Filed in Strategy

This evening I was reading Business Model Generation (thanks Tom Graves for sending me a copy). It’s an approach for designing your business model and comparing it with others, such as your competitors. It is one of many approaches that illustrates the phenomenal effort that goes into developing business models and strategies. Yet despite all […]

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Storytelling in the wild and the need for chit chat

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

When you go hunting for a story, for say a presentation you’re about to give, you’re taking something that normally lives and breathes in an informal environment and transporting it to a more formal organisational setting. It’s OK to do this of course as long as you understand what this beast is like in its […]

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A postive approach to change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 12, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

For change to stick it’s often a good idea to find where things are working and then figure out how to get those successful behaviours happening where you need them. I often tell this story, which I’ve read in Switch, to illustrate this positive approach to change. In the 1990s Vietnam faced a terrible problem: […]

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The Anecdote Story Finder

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 11, 2010
Filed in News

People know us as the story guys and as more and more people realise that it’s effective to include stories in their presentations the number of requests we get to suggest business related stories have gone up. Since we started the Anecdote blog we’ve used a specific category whenever a blog post includes a story: […]

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Dan Pink: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 11, 2010
Filed in Collaboration

Just in case you haven’t seen this animation it’s worth the 10 minutes to learn about Dan Pink’s findings on what really motivates us.

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10 Mindsets of Great Mentors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 7, 2010
Filed in Leadership Posts

Last month Bob Sutton wrote a post listing the important mindsets of a good manager. It got me thinking about the important mindsets for a good mentor. Here’s my top 10. You really care about the person you’re mentoring. You want them to succeed. You’re curious and intensely interested in them as a person You’re […]

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