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Does your organisation have strategic clarity?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 5, 2010
Filed in Strategy

This evening I was reading Business Model Generation (thanks Tom Graves for sending me a copy). It’s an approach for designing your business model and comparing it with others, such as your competitors. It is one of many approaches that illustrates the phenomenal effort that goes into developing business models and strategies. Yet despite all […]

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Storytelling in the wild and the need for chit chat

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling

When you go hunting for a story, for say a presentation you’re about to give, you’re taking something that normally lives and breathes in an informal environment and transporting it to a more formal organisational setting. It’s OK to do this of course as long as you understand what this beast is like in its […]

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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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