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Leadership Storytelling – 20 minute podcast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Are you tired of reading blog posts? For a change how about just listening about storytelling? Makes sense really. I recorded this podcast for a group of executives in New York and thought you might also enjoy it. It describes why I think storytelling is an important leadership skills, why stories have impact, provides a […]

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Listening, mentoring, storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 26, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m sitting in a cafe thinking about what makes a great listener. I can see a few. They’re leaning forward, nodding, smiling, asking questions. You can tell they want to be there and that they care about the person they are listening to. They’re not glancing at their watch, their phones and there’re no computer […]

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Storytelling for non-storytellers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 12, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

Troy White has just posted a blog which I think is both very good because it encourages people who don’t think they are storytellers to have a go and practice, yet I feel doesn’t go far enough because there is a chance readers will not get to a story based on his list of triggers. […]

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Reducing arseholes in the workplace. Mentoring helps

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 6, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I remember this day clearly. I’d been working at IBM for a few years running the KM practice and I decided I should move into the strategy practice in what was called the Business Consulting Services (BCS). Before this move I had a lot of autonomy: I decided the type of work I’d do; I […]

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The Origins Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

The Origins Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference is a part of the Singapore International Storytelling Festival and is organised by The National Book Development Council of Singapore, with Shawn Callahan of Anecdote and Patrick Lambe of Straits Knowledge. The aim of Origins is to foster the practice of business storytelling and narrative techniques in the […]

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Get rid of the crappy stuff. Advice from Steve Jobs

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 27, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Here is a nice little story from CEO of Nike, Mark Parker.

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Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16-21 May

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 21, 2010
Filed in News, Strategy

I’m off to Malaysia in May to help run a leadership development program for a telecommunication company. While I’m there I’m meeting senior leaders from a range of companies and government departments and showing them our strategic story work. As an ex-IBMer I remember our CEO at the time, Lou Gerstner, say that strategies are […]

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Finding Stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 20, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

We start most of our projects by collecting stories. We collect stories in groups (using anecdote circles) and one-on-one. We’ve learned a lot about getting people comfortable, building trust and asking questions that elicit stories. There’s still a lot to learn. A couple of weeks ago something happened while filming stories for a mentoring program […]

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We need to find ways for people to feel it

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2010
Filed in Communication

Yesterday I ran a workshop for a group of executives on how to find bright spots in your organisation (groups of people who excel with the same resources as everyone else) and then work out ways to transfer the behaviour evident in these bright spots to other parts of their business. I tried to help […]

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