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Stories make the best rides

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 27, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Yesterday my family and I spent the day at Movie World. At the end of the day we went to an Irish pub for dinner and talked about our favourite rides. The Superman and Batman rides were our favourites and we all agreed that the back story was an important factor. The Superman ride (rollercoaster […]

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Shawn has opened up his Twitter

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 21, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

I’ve decided to open up my Twitter so anyone can follow my tiny tweets. Before I only let the Anecdote team follow alog but I started to realise that there was a much wider network that could help each other out. So feel free to check out my Twitter page and if you think I […]

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Grasping the truth requires more than science

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2008
Filed in Communication

I’ve just started to read Otto Scharmer’s book, Theory U, and this passage grabbed my attention. Twenty-three hundred years ago Aristotle. arguably the greatest pioneer and innovator of Western inquiry and thought, wrote on Book VI of his Nicomachean Ethics that there are five different ways, faculties, or capacities in the human soul to grasp […]

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How stories create culture

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 17, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

It’s said that stories create cultures; they propagate the assumptions and beliefs throughout the group in question. But it is specifically stories that create culture or is it something else? Before we answer this question it’s useful to have a definition of what we mean by ‘a story’. Here’s a definition I like from Annette […]

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Being healthy in Canberra

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2008
Filed in Collaboration, Events

One of our dear friends, Amanda Horne, is on a mission to improve the well being of Canberra residents. As a Canberran now living in Melbourne I can appreciate what Amanda is endeavouring to do. There is much stress among federal public servants because Kevin 07 has morphed into Kevin 24/7 (translation for our OS […]

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KM Australia is coming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2008
Filed in Strategy

This year I will be speaking at KM Australia in two capacities: running a workshop on knowledge strategy, and speaking with Greg Marsh from BAE Systems about the community of practice work we are doing together. The conference is held in sunny Melbourne (well, it was sunny yesterday), 21-23 July. The workshop is called Involving […]

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Collaboration consulting—fostering a collaboration culture

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 9, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Have you invested in the latest and greatest in collaboration technology but still feel people are still not collaborating? How many Microsoft Sharepoint servers and IBM Quickplaces remain relatively untouched or only used by the organisation’s technorati? I think it’s a big problem because this narrow view of collaboration starts to get the concept a […]

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Anecdotally is here

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 7, 2008
Filed in News

Over the years we have built a good following for our monthly newsletter (over 2,000 readers and growing) and today we are re-launching it with the name, Anecdotally. Perhaps the biggest change is that we have decided not to publish Anecdotally on our site. It’s only available to subscribers. You can check out an example […]

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Metaphors—Dangerous Undertaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 2, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

My friend, Alison Spencer, suggested I get a copy of James Harlow Brown’s book, Dangerous Undertaken, and I have to say it’s been one of my best Amazon purchases in some time. It’s a book about personal and organisational transformation written as a dialogue between a hot shot executive and a wise mentor he happened […]

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An anecdote’s point of view

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Ford Harding has just posted two versions of the same anecdote. The first paints the consultant as the hero while the second focuses on the effort of the client. Ford wants us to consider which version would we tell and why. Version #1 Sometimes losing is almost as good as winning. Not long ago, a […]

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