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The one place to attend our storytelling for business leaders workshop in Australia next year

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 9, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

If you were wondering how you might attend one of our Storytelling for Business Leaders workshops when we’ve discontinued our public program, I have some good news. I’ll be delivering it at Ark’s Strategic Internal Communication conference on the 19th of February. The other place you’ll be able to attend this course will be in […]

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When should we collaborate?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 3, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Is it collaboration when you’re sent the yearly performance review spreadsheet and instructed to assess your staff’s performance? Absolutely not; it’s an act of co-ordination. Everyone is working separately to achieve the overall goal of conducting the performance reviews. Only a modicum of trust is required (trust in the system) to get the job done. […]

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Collaboration requires fairness

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Humans have a strong sense of fairness. If two people are given a sum of money and one is asked to divide it and offer the other portion to their partner, if it’s not a 50/50 split the partner is most likely to refuse offer, even if this means that both parties loose everything. And […]

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Knowledge management for the experienced practitioner

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 21, 2008
Filed in Events

Next year I will be giving a couple of presentations at the Ark Group’s conference, KM for the Experienced Practitioner. It will be in my home town of Melbourne and I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone. On the first day of the conference, at 2pm, I’ll describe one of our business narrative projects […]

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In-house workshops instead of a public program

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2008
Filed in Events

For four years Anecdote has delivered a range of innovative public workshops on topics including storytelling for business leaders, building a collaborative workplace and business narrative techniques. For a range of reasons, we’ve decided to stop running public workshops and instead we will focus on delivering these workshops in-house. We believe this move will result […]

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Past experience holding back collaborations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last Friday I ran a workshop for a client on collaboration. I emphasised collaborative practices and behaviours and at one point I introduced the idea of gaining agreement from their team to “call me on it.” As I was describing this idea I noticed a woman sitting up the back shaking her head, her face […]

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A little productivity tip for Firefox users—smart keywords

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 14, 2008
Filed in News

Just noticed this feature in Firefox this morning which is a real time saver. I’m often looking around for books and I have a couple of favourite websites (Amazon, Readings). In Firefox you can assign a search box on say your Amazon website to a keyword. Then whenever you want to make a search you […]

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Fired up and ready to go

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 13, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I was in Singapore last week helping a group of leaders learn how to find and tell their own stories. No templates, no recipes, just helping them become mindful of their own stories and showing that storytelling is a visual practice. Don’t try and remember the words of a story, remember the pictures. Like many […]

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Metaphors everywhere

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 12, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

A couple of years ago I spoke at a BHP Billiton planning day. My talk was at the end of the day so I sat up the back and listened to all the other speakers. While listening I was struck by the language the BHP Billiton people used: “we need to turbo charge the process, […]

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Ask a gardner what she knows, in a garden

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

Remembering experiences is heavily dependent on surroundings. I’m currently helping an energy company learn the lessons from retiring employees. I’m videoing their experiences with the view to facilitating sessions using the footage; it’s not really about capturing knowledge, just sparking new conversation based on what’s captured. My last subject was the company’s network controller. He’d […]

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