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Sensemaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 20, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

This description of sensemaking makes the most sense to me. Sensemaking involves turning circumstances into a situation that is comprehended explicitly in words and that …

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Impressive palindromes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2007
Filed in Fun

Check out the original Bob Dylan version. Tags: Weird+Al+Yankovic, Bob+Dylan

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Identifying a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m just in the process of building up some reflections for my workshop in Boston (you’re most welcome to register and attend) in a couple of weeks …

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Why use business narrative techniques?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 17, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Whenever someone asks me this question I tell them this story. One of our first narrative projects was to help a government department assess their …

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Nature of business narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 13, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Some people think a story must have a plot, character development, a protagonist, a turning point and a resolution. This might be true of a …

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Intuition and decision making

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2007
Filed in Collaboration, News

Margie Borschke interviewed me a while back and wrote this article on decision making. Tags: margie+borschke, intuition, decision+making

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Future stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 12, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

A simple way to help people develop stories of how their organisation might operate in the future is to ask them to consider specific triggering …

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Using video to capture stories

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

There are two examples on the web you should check out. 50 Lessons is a subscription video library of senior executives recounting their experiences. It’s …

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Meeting you in the US of A

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 6, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

Towards the end of this month I will be in Seattle, Boston and Las Vegas. If you are in or near any of these cities …

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Ira Glass on the power of anecdotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 3, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Ira Glass in a public radio producer and host of This American Life. In this video Ira describes the anecdote as one of the two …

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