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Leaders should tell a story to explain why

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

On a recent trip to Canberra I was lining up to board the plane. Behind me was a young family. Their young son, probably four …

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One public workshop this year: influencing change with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 2, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

We often get asked whether we are running any public courses on our techniques but for the last couple of years we have reserved these …

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Keeping richness in our decision making

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807–73) was a Swiss-born American zoologist and geologist who taught at Harvard. Imagine that you went to Louis Agassiz’s laboratory at …

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The Mahout, the Elephant and the Path—an analogy for change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 25, 2010
Filed in Communication

Dan and Chip Heath have a new book coming out (Feb) and they sent me a copy of the first chapter. The title is Switch …

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Creating more humanistic workplaces

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 15, 2010
Filed in Culture, Employee Engagement

“If you go into a grey concrete box with one little window, it’s claustrophobic, it’s cold. If you put a skylight in it and you …

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A story designed to change your mind

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

Seth Godin has a new ebook out called What Matters Now. It consists of 80 or so thought leaders each with a page to talk …

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Three ways to make your strategy stick

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

In my hands is a corporate strategy. It’s a glossy six-page document designed for every employee to memorise and enact. There are seven themes each …

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Merry Christmas

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 20, 2009
Filed in News

It’s been weighing on my mind for a couple of months now. I haven ‘t posted nearly enough blogs. There seems to be so much …

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The role scripts play in finding stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 16, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Everyday we tell those closest to us (our family, friends, colleagues) about what happened to us: today, yesterday, last week. Occasionally we’ll reminisce about the …

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More proof that emotion is a powerful force in making sense of information

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 9, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Strategy

In 2004 Drew Westen and his colleagues put together an experiment to see how people of a particular political persuasion (Democrat or Republican) make sense …

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