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How to tell a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 2, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Some great advice from Scott Simon.

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More than just a launch

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 28, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

Stories are our natural way to plan. We imagine how things are going to work out, who are the players, what incidents might befall us and what we’re going to do to avoid these traps. We remember what happened last time and what we must steer clear of. We think about those good bits we […]

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Dan Pink on Motivation – and his subtle use of stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Dan Pink TED talk has an important message: what scientists know about the detrimental effects of incentives remains largely unknown and unpractised by managers. He argues, which I totally agree, that we need to create workplaces which provide autonomy, possibility for mastery and purpose. These factors truly motivate us. The video, see below, is also […]

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Digital Habitats—book review

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 14, 2009
Filed in Collaboration, Employee Engagement

Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities by Etienne Wenger, Nancy White and John D. Smith I’m often the technology steward for communities of practice (CoP). I create the Ning spaces and configure ‘em, I setup the email lists, I work out whether we should have a wiki or a blog or a discussion forum or […]

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Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 1, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

These moments, beautifully depicted in this video, are the stuff of anecdotes, all those little stories we tell everyday that form the chatter that keeps us connected. via The Obvious

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Contrary to popular belief, business stories are mostly short

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 28, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

There’s a perception in business that stories are long and time consuming. “I don’t have time to tell a story. I’m just going to give them the facts,” I hear business folk say. The reality is quite different. Every month or so I run a storytelling for leaders workshop. One of the first activities I […]

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Explaining the world around us with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 24, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

In 1944 psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel published a paper in The American Journal of Psychology. It was a simple idea. Make a film of geometric shapes moving about and then ask the subjects “… to write down what happened in the picture.” 1 Here’s a slightly cut down version of the original film […]

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Learning business storytelling through observation and mimicry

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 19, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Just spent a fabulous day at NAB’s new Academy running our storytelling program. Wow, what a venue. We were in the Scribbler room: wall-to-wall whiteboards, pin boards and butchers paper. A facilitator’s dream. After arriving home, and relaxing with a glass of wine in hand, I was chatting to Sheen about her day. She’s learned […]

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