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Meeting with the creator of Most Significant Change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 25, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I met with Rick Davies this week. He’s in Melbourne visiting his family and doing some work for Oxfam. We talked about the Zahmoo project and he made some very helpful suggestions. Rick asked me to make a link from the Zahmoo home page to the MSC guidebook that he and Jess Dart put together, which is […]

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From little things big things grow

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 25, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

I was writing a paper today describing our story-based approach to change and remembered Paul Kelly’s song, From Little Things Big Things Grow. I’d never read the lyrics before and found they sent a shiver up my spine. Paul tells the story of Lord Vestey (owner of a large cattle station) and Vincent Lingiarri (aboriginal leader) and the […]

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Strong opinions, weakly held

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 24, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

One of the my favourite blogs at the moment is Bob Sutton’s Work Matters. He’s an academic at Stanford who has a practical view of organisational issues and the author of the no asshole rule. A phrase that jumped out at me while reading Bob’s post this morning is the advice to have strong opinions, […]

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Storytelling versus story-writing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 21, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

One way we help businesses learn and change is to help them find and collect their stories. These business stories are not fancy, crafted stories you might expect an archetypal storyteller to deliver. Rather they are often simple utterances in response to questions like, “So, what happened?” or “What’s going on around here?” These simple […]

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IBM’s Innovation Jam

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 19, 2006
Filed in Events

IBM seems to be taking its WorldJam technology to the streets and letting everyone take a look. Since IBM’s first Jam in 2001 (I was one of the 50,000 or so participants) they have regularly held these 72 hours collaborations on their intranet to tackle a range of issues. This is the first time, to […]

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Being an Expert on Anything

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 17, 2006
Filed in Fun

Stephen Colbert, the comedian who brought us the devastating roast of George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner, has outlined how you can be an expert in anything. Good advice for people wishing to fine tune their bullshit detectors. Here are Stephen’s 6 headings. Check out his article in Wired for the detail […]

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Group vs individual brainstorming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 17, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Bob Sutton has noticed that the Wall Street Journal is reporting research suggesting that individual brainstorming (some have called it brain-writing) is more effective that group brainstorming. I’ve also noticed this viewpoint in the Medici Effect. According to Bob this lopsided view is nonsense and he sets about listing the weaknesses contained in the academic […]

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A new applicaton to support Most Significant Change projects

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 16, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Most Significant Change is a monitoring technique based on the collection and selection of stories. The technique involves collecting stories, gathering people together to talk about them and then selecting the stories they believe are the most significant. This selection process creates new conversations in an organisation while systematically developing an intuitive understanding among staff […]

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The first Australian government blog

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 15, 2006
Filed in News

This might be a bold statement, but I think the Victorian Public Sector Continuous Improvement Network (VPSCIN) blog might be the first Australian government (federal or state) blog outside the firewall. Let me know if you are aware of an earlier examples.

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Why organisations find Most Significant Change useful

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 11, 2006
Filed in Communication

I was re-reading the Most Significant Change Guide developed by Rick Davies and Jess Dart today (their manual is an excellent resource available freely on the web here) and I noticed this list of why organisations have found the technique useful. It is a good means of identifying unexpected changes. It is a good way to […]

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