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Corporate or business anthropologist?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 26, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

People are intrigued by the work we do at Anecdote. When they hear how we use stories in a business setting they often mistakenly think …

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Knowledge strategy – three journeys

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 25, 2007
Filed in Strategy

Strategies should result in a set of actions making the organisation more valuable to whoever it serves. I learned this from David Maister Knowledge strategies …

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Systematically seeking the other viewpoint

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 22, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I was pulled up short last week. A new book arrived from Amazon called Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn and I was delighted to …

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Computer problems

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 21, 2007
Filed in News

Both Mark and I are having a world of problems with our PCs. So if you have been emailing us and not getting a reply …

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Why managers shun management books

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Have you ever noticed that experienced managers rarely read management books? At first I though this might be because they don’t have the time or …

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The need for walls?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 13, 2007
Filed in Communication, Culture

Dave Snowden is puzzled with one of my posts that mentions Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, when I say: “when you read the entire poem (in context) you …

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Lessons learning: getting your colleagues to tell their stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 11, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

One of the best ways to share knowledge in an organisation is to put people who wouldn’t normally work together on the same project. On …

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Lessons learning: context matters

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 9, 2007
Filed in News

Yesterday I posted a piece on how taking a story out of context is unlikely to help lessons learning. One of my regular commenters, Ken …

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Lessons learning: using stories to share understanding

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

This morning (Happy Easter!) I started writing a paper on a narrative approach to lessons learning. I’m at the point of gathering my thoughts and …

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Use stories to avoid cognitive overload

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Have you ever had the experience of someone telling you something that’s quite interesting while also showing you something that’s quite interesting and you didn’t know …

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