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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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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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