Author Archive

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 …

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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 …

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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). …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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KM Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 7, 2009
Filed in Communication, News

You can imagine my surprise when on day 1 of the conference I found myself sitting at the same table as Dan Kirsch. I’ve never …

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