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For job hunters—finding and telling better stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 13, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

More people will be looking for jobs this year. Sadly unemployment is rising. Getting a job interview will be tough so it will be doubly important to make the best possible impression as the interviewer pokes and probes to get an idea of who you are and whether you’ll fit in. Job interviewers these days […]

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Gaining insight with archetypes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2009
Filed in Employee Engagement

To change the way we work we need to change our mental models, and that requires insight. In The Neuroscience of Leadership David Rock and Jeffrey Schwartz describe how our improved understanding of the brain is helping to reorient how we design organisational change initiatives. The article recommends leaders create situations where their people get […]

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Group rewards result in higher performance

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

When I was at IBM leading the software services group in Melbourne I suggested in one of our leadership meetings that we should introduce a set of group-based incentives. I was howled down and accused of being a communist. I’m not kidding. While I know fact, data and rationale alone cannot persuade someone to change […]

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Trends that will affect enterprise collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 7, 2009
Filed in Collaboration

The beginning of the year is a good time to take stock of where things are going and try and get a handle on the macro trends affecting our work. For me that means enterprise collaboration in all its forms. Here are six major trends that will encourage leaders to take action and help their […]

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Banning Facebook and the like from corporations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 17, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

On January 16, 1920 the National Prohibition Act came into effect in the United States and all intoxicating liquor was banned, and so began the black market in alcohol. Even before the ban was set in place I’m sure racketeers had plans to take drinking underground and at the same time any chance of the […]

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What is twitter? And in support of transparent gossip

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 15, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

If you haven’t discovered Twitter yet, here’s a good introduction from the Common Craft show. I’ve just started using Tweetdeck to keep track of the Twitterers I’m following. So far it looks great. A few thoughts on Twitter. It’s a mistake to think Twitter is only for reporting the minute detail of one’s life, which […]

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Just trying out Scribd

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 14, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Three journeys: A narrative approach to successful organisational change Publish at Scribd or explore others: Management Business culture narrative

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Building a collaborative workplace

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 12, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Today we’ve started to convert our whitepapers from pdf to their plain text equivalent so you can see the whole paper without downloaded the pdf version. The first one is Building a Collaborative Workplace . You can now bookmark it with Delicious, annotate it with Diigo and we have also added the ability for any […]

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Business story-listening and storytelling in London

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 10, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

We are running two workshops in London this June: Narrative techniques for business (story-listening)–24th June 09 RSA House 8 John Adam Street London Storytelling for business leaders (storytelling)–25th June 09 School of Oriental and African Studies University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square London The cost for each workshop is £350 Email us for a […]

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Building an expertise location system for CoPs

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 10, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Do you have a community of practice with members distributed around the country? Is your community deeply technical and use a suite of technical software tools to get the job done? So how do you keep track of who is doing what, or more importantly, who has done what, so you can get in contact […]

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