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046 – Work the plan and work with the people

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 26, 2019
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Luke Brown shares the story of how his mantra went from ‘plan the work, work the plan’ to ‘plan the work and work with the people’ and illustrates the importance of building strong relationships at work. In this episode of Anecdotally Speaking, we welcome another guest! Luke Brown has been a friend of Mark’s for […]

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045 – Old oak forester beams

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 19, 2019
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Some 100 years ago, Oxford’s New College faced a crisis. This crisis had been foreseen by the college’s founders, who implemented a plan to be fulfilled 500 years in the future. In this episode, it’s Shawn’s turn to share a historical story. He recounts a crisis faced by Oxford’s New College about 100 years ago.  […]

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044 – Navigating like clockwork

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 30, 2019
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Disregarding ideas that don’t adhere to our standard way of thinking can inhibit progress. This story illustrates the importance of having an open mind.  Here at Anecdote, we’re gearing up to turn 15 years old! We’ve been taking a trip down memory lane as we prepare for our big day. Keep an eye on our […]

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027 – John Snow versus the Miasma

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Bringing your data to life is crucial in making others understand why it’s important. In this example, we hear how John Snow had to be creative and clear with his data to prove his theory right. If you work with data, this story is particularly useful for you. While we disagree on some things in […]

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026 – Henry Ford did that?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

What do you do when you have high turnover? Henry Ford’s solution made his shareholders angry. In this example, we see how Henry Ford ignored what everyone around him thought and went ahead with a decision that would more than double his profit. We discuss how this is a great example of how a company […]

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025 – How to tap into your audience

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 5, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

When people don’t understand what we’re trying to convey to them we get frustrated. Sometimes we wonder why they aren’t getting something so simple. This is called the curse of knowledge. This week’s story is my favourite type – a scientific experiment story. It’s about Elizabeth Newton, a Stanford University graduate who conducts an experiment to […]

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024 – U2 can protect your tribe

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 29, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast, Uncategorized

An important part of leadership is taking care of your team. This story is a beautiful example of how taking care of others and helping them through tough times is beneficial for everyone. The focus of this story is U2 at their 1986 Tempe concert, and how a death threat almost led to them cancelling their […]

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023 – Industrial design with child’s play

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 18, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Putting the customer first and shifting your perspective to seeing how your design might be viewed by others is really important in today’s globalised, competitive market. It’s Mark’s turn to tell a story this week and the example he tells is particularly useful if you’re designing products, processes or services. Doug Dietz works for years […]

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022 – Saving Rubles with mutual Mars

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 13, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

We’ve changed things up a little for this week’s episode of Anecdotally Speaking! We have Gerry Lynch, former General Manager of Mars New Zealand and now CEO of Delmaine Fine Foods tell the story this week. Mars New Zealand has been awarded as the best place to work in the country. Everything in their work is […]

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021 – Rolling stones to hidden gems

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2018
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Working in teams can be hard. In the process of working together, we can disagree, stall and face major setbacks. However, when a team comes together and gets across the finish line it can be great. The story Mark shares this week gives a useful analogy that can help teams get through the rough patches […]

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