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Random thoughts on anecdotes

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 16, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

Here are some thoughts/experiences from last week regarding anecdotes, how to elicit them and story-telling Last Wednesday I listened to Alana, an Aboriginal lady, tell a traditional teaching story and we chatted afterwards. In organisations we generally see stories morph over time, with details changing but much of the meaning being retained. Alana explained that […]

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Contrary to popular belief, business stories are mostly short

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 28, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

There’s a perception in business that stories are long and time consuming. “I don’t have time to tell a story. I’m just going to give them the facts,” I hear business folk say. The reality is quite different. Every month or so I run a storytelling for leaders workshop. One of the first activities I […]

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Explaining the world around us with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 24, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

In 1944 psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel published a paper in The American Journal of Psychology. It was a simple idea. Make a film of geometric shapes moving about and then ask the subjects “… to write down what happened in the picture.” 1 Here’s a slightly cut down version of the original film […]

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The importance of deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 12, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

It took me a little while to work out what was happening. I snapped my first photo of the motor scooter with clip board attached in Soho but I only got a fleeting glance and then he was gone. But my next sighting was far more informative. This time the motorcyclist was parked so I […]

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Two ears, one mouth

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 9, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

I can’t remember who first said to me “you have two ears and one mouth, and you should use them in that proportion” but it is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. Also, when working in many organisations, I notice it is not applied that widely. Shawn and I have […]

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Don’t second guess me

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 28, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

I am working on a project requiring a major organisational transformation. On Monday, the division’s chief heads off to Canberra to get a mandate to make the change from head office. One of his biggest concerns is head office continuously second-guessing him as he leads the organisation through the change process. He recognises that in […]

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Why don’t positive stories carry?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 4, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Something got me thinking about City of Port Phillip’s Non Crime Hotline this morning. They have a phone number you call to report good news stories. I rang the council and found that Peter Strecker was now in charge of this initiative and he told me that it was in hibernation. It turned out that […]

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Creating stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 10, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

My friend Terrence Gargiulo and I were chatting last week about the role storytelling plays for leaders and we agreed that the leadership-storytelling triple-threat was the ability to elicit stories, tell stories and trigger stories. When we say trigger stories we mean that a leader does something that’s remarkable so people tell the story of […]

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Day 5 of Story Week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

So it’s Friday and here we are at the end of Story Week. Many thanks to all of you who contributed and here is our final story – something serious… Loading…

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