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Collaboration provides autonomy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 15, 2010
Filed in Collaboration

Last week I started a new Making Strategies Stick project with a large IT company. The guys I’m working with are the technical sales folk and as we were working out their strategic story they mentioned that the passion that was once there for their products seemed to be waning among some of their technical […]

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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 or five, was quizzing his dad. The boy said: “Why are we in the line?” “Because we are getting on the plane,” his dad replied. “Why are we getting on […]

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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 courses for our clients. But this February and March we are running one workshop on influencing change with stories in collaboration with Kevin Bishop, most recently the Royal Bank of […]

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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 Harvard as a student. Agassiz would place a small tin pan in front of you with a small fish and utter the stern requirement that you “should study it, but […]

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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 and like their last best seller, Made to Stick, it promises to be a keeper. It’s all about how to motivate people to change. The first chapter has left an […]

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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 make the window bigger and put a tree outside and put wood on the floor, it gets better. And it can get better and better until it becomes a humanistic […]

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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 about an idea that matters to them. Each idea is summed up in a single word such as Dignity, Autonomy, Attention, Difference. You can download the ebook here. Dan and […]

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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 with three sub-themes. There are also seven values. All the information is presented as dot points well set out with lots of white space for easy reading. Sadly this strategy […]

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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 happening. Mark and I have been creating a new business focussed on helping companies make their strategies stick. It’s been great fun and extremely well received. At the same time […]

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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 old days but for those we know well what’s worth recounting, what’s remarkable, is happening on a daily basis. We don’t even need to tell the whole story because the […]

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