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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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Change Behaviours by Making Costs Visible

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 9, 2010
Filed in Communication

This post is by our guest blogger, Kevin Bishop, who recently was in Australia and ran a series of workshops with Anecdote on Influencing Change. Shawn met Kevin last year in London. Kevin was responsible for the change program for 40,000 people at the Royal Bank of Scotland. I was working with a programme team […]

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Storytelling for Business Leaders

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, News

We’ve just refreshed our materials for our popular Storytelling for Business Leaders workshop. We offer this workshop to organisations who are looking to build their internal communication and influence skills. We run it regularly for a variety of companies such as NAB, Jemena, BAE, and IBM and it forms part of our overall programme of […]

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Beverly Trayner and Etienne Wenger are hosting a BEtreat

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, News

If you are community of practice leader and want to experience learning in a relaxed atmosphere with some of the very best minds, then you might like to check out Bev and Etienne’s BEtreat. It will be an interesting mixture of the professional and the personal. One day you will be at the cutting edge […]

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Trigger new stories and changing behaviours

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Our mind is full of beliefs, assumptions and values which affect what we do and how we do it. Much of what we assume comes from our experiences, especially if we’ve told ourselves and others the story of what happen and what it means for us. Our stories help us remember and embed our assumptions.1 […]

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Recovering with grace

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Fun

Dave Bruebeck, the jazz virtuoso, once said “there is no mistake if you can resolve it.” I was reminded of this quote when Steve Hopkins told me this story about what happened at World Vision around the time of the Haiti earthquakes.

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A beautifully told strategic story from ASICS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 21, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Every company wants to tell a compelling strategic story that conveys the essence of what they’re about. If it’s a success their customers and employees will know where they have come from and where they are going and what makes them unique and worthwhile. And with this knowledge they become attracted to what they are […]

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