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The role of stories in reasoning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 15, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

If you are unsure of the power of narratives read the restorative justice story in Malcolm Gladwell’s latest New Yorker piece. The article introduces some work by sociologist Charles Tilley who argues that there are 4 types of reasoning: conventions (social formulae—”honey, we need to talk”), stories (common sense narratives—what we deal with at Anecdote), […]

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Connecting People: How to Foster and Harness Your Organisation’s Connectors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2006
Filed in Communication

I wrote this article with Stewart Forsyth from FX Consultants. Stewart and I have done a few projects together in New Zealand and it is always a pleasure working with him. ======= While passers-by see the granite and glass of high-rise buildings, well-connected people think of the organisations within as collections of interesting people they […]

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GAP Forum and increasing links in a social network

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2006
Filed in Communication

I was invited to attend the GAP Forum on Leveraging Networks in Business last week and caught up with some old friends like John Finnigan and Robert Kay. The two days were focussed on getting an interesting group together to work out ways to apply network theory and practice in a business and trade context. John’s […]

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Westpac’s use of Cynefin techniques

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2006
Filed in News

As a Cynefin practitioner and a business partner of the Cynefin Centre (soon to be renamed I hear) it is always good to see some descriptions of how the techniques are being used. Over at Michael J’s Notio there is an interesting post talking about a presentation done by Bruce McKenzie and Robert Kay (Westpac) […]

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Modelling Human Ecosystems with Agents

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 7, 2006
Filed in Events

Pascal Perez is running a short course in Canberra I thought you might like to know about. Here are the details: Modelling Human Ecosystems with Agents An Intensive Postgraduate Course:  June 19 – June 30, 2006. 9.30a.m. – 5.00p.m Course Convener: Dr Pascal Perez This course aims to introduce students to the principles and operation of […]

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Some complexity quotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

I’m always on the lookout for good quotes. I found these in the forward to Michael Lissack and Johan Roos’ book The Next Common Sense: Mastering complexity through coherence. “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our methods of questioning.” Walter Heisenberg “Our theories determine what we measure.” Albert Einstein “You […]

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How to get the best out of training

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 2, 2006
Filed in Employee Engagement

David Maister has posted a list of things organisations should do to get the most from their training efforts. Here are two points which I’ve seen make a real difference when people attend our workshops: It is usually better to train people in groups formed from the operating units they work in, so that the […]

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Our new courses page

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 31, 2006
Filed in News

Over the last week or so we’ve been working on our Anecdote Courses page on the website. Please take a look and we would love to hear your feedback. I’m sure there are still a few things to iron out.

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Stories, ROI and communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 30, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

Steve Denning has compiled some of his recent posts on list-servs like com-prac and made the compilation available on his website. He covers the following topics: Is a request for the ROI of COPs legitimate? Is ROI the right measure for CoPs? Do stories support numbers or vice versa? What’s the motive behind asking “what’s […]

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Last day for early birds

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 30, 2006
Filed in Events

Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for the early bird price for Starting and Sustaining Communities of Practice workshop. Either fax your registration form or give me a call.

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