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Three story plots we humans dearly love

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 17, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

The authors of Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath, point out that there are three story plots we humans dearly love: the creativity plot where the protagonist solves one or more puzzles through shear ingenuity, persistence and always with a dash of dumb luck. The DaVinci Code is an example. the connection plot where […]

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As a business person, why care about storytelling?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 11, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

In 1993, as the co-founder of photographic library startup, I travelled to Los Angeles to check out one of America’s largest commercial photographic collections. Remarkably they were well under way converting their film stock to Kodak PhotoCD, a proprietary digital format launched the year before. We were impressed with Eastman Kodak because it looked like […]

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A simple explanation of the Cynefin Framework

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2009
Filed in Leadership Posts

A while back I created a sketchcast of how I explain the Cynefin Framework and it became a popular sketch. Unfortunately Sketchcast went out of business and I lost my sketch so last night I recreated it and popped it up on YouTube. This model was first published by Kurtz, Cynthia & Snowden, David, 2003, ‘The […]

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How to tell a story about yourself without sounding like an ego-maniac

To paraphrase Annette Simmons, “People won’t listen to you until they know who you are and what you want.” And one of the best ways to introduce yourself and answer these two questions is to tell a story that reveals something about your character and experience. The challenge for many people, however, is to find […]

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A leader’s role to trigger stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Yesterday I popped out for a meeting at the National Australia Bank. They have a new CEO, Cameron Clyne, and last week he announced a restructure that has substantially flattened the organisation. While the restructure has been the topic of lots of conversations and stories inside and outside the bank, Cameron has done two other […]

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Does your story have impact?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

I’m working with Victoria Ward and her colleagues over at Sparknow at the moment evaluating a set of stories for their likely impact. We do a lot of story impact assessment at Anecdote because when we collect stories we always end up with too many to use in a workshop and therefore must select a […]

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Complexity based interventions and the role of peer pressure

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

A few weeks ago my youngest daughter was kidnapped by her school bus driver. Actually it wasn’t just my daughter, it was every child on the bus that day. It all started a few weeks before the kidnapping. Every day on the way home from school the bus would reach the first stop and one […]

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Building a collaborative workplace – the video

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 4, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

I’ve just uploaded the video of the presentation where you will see the embarrassing larger than life size portrait of me in my undies. Please skip over that part quickly. Building a collaborative workplace using stories from Shawn Callahan on Vimeo.

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Building a collaborative workplace with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 3, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

Here’s my presentation (with audio) that I delivered to the Victorian Public Sector Continuous Improvement Network (VPSCIN) yesterday. Building a collaborative workplace View more presentations from ShawnCallahan. (tags: narrative change) I’m still trying to work out how to sync the audio with each slide. The Slideshare slidecast tool failed me so any help would be […]

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Honest signals

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

Alex Pentland is a Professor at MIT. He’s a pioneer in computational social science and Newsweek named him one of the 100 Americans likely to shape this century. When I saw this video I was reminded of the conversation I witnessed between two engineers and the honest signals (Pentland’s term for all those things we […]

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