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An anecdote’s point of view

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Ford Harding has just posted two versions of the same anecdote. The first paints the consultant as the hero while the second focuses on the effort of the client. Ford wants us to consider which version would we tell and why. Version #1 Sometimes losing is almost as good as winning. Not long ago, a […]

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Anecdote’s will be checked and re-checked

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 27, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Expect any anecdote you tell to be tested and retested, especially if you are a politician. Barrack Obama is a storyteller par excellence and so when he recounts a story you can bet there is an army of doubters checking out its validity. Here is the anecdote in question reported in the New Republic. “You […]

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Knowledge management lessons

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

As the co-ordinator of the SIKMLeaders community of practice, Stan Garfield asked the community members this question: “If you were invited to give a keynote speech on knowledge management, what words of wisdom or lessons learned would you impart?” Here’s my answer. All KM is change management View every knowledge management initiative as a change […]

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Everyone has a story…

Posted by  Robyn —February 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

…is the byline of Smith, an online storytelling community that provides a space to read, write, and share stories. Just over twelve months ago they posed a challenge to the community that was based on the famous $10 bet that Ernest Hemingway rose to conquer – that he could not write a short story in […]

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Why is presentation important?

Posted by  chandni —February 4, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

There are probably a 100 reasons why presentation is important. But a laundry list of reasons won’t get the point across as effectively as a story can. Here’s an interesting anecdote I read recently: Gary Bush’s passion for his craft makes him my most memorable teacher. I took a course called Presentation Fundamentals from him […]

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BHP Billiton axes its Knowledge Networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 31, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

BHP Billiton axed their division called Operational Excellence last year. This was the group that, among other services, supported the organisations Knowledge Networks (also called communities of practice but language matters in this story). BHPB had developed the networks over the last 10 years but when the new CEO arrived he thought that if the […]

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World Trade Center and emergency services mis-coordination

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

One tragic example [of mis-coordination] is recounted in Peter Denning’s article about HFN [hastily formed networks], in which he describes analysis of the disaster response efforts after the attack on the World Trade Center: New York Police Department (NYPD) helicopters that had been monitoring conditions by circling the towers had observed signs of structural collapse […]

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The role of a story in lessons learning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 22, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

Chris Collison is pondering the usefulness of the Kolb learning cycle as the basis for many of the lessons learning activities organisations conduct. I agree with Chris’ observation that most organisations don’t build in reflection and therefore are unable to reformulate what they have learned to change behaviour. And like Chris I’m not sure of […]

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Why sensemaking is vital

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 14, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

I was listening to Melvyn Bragg’s radio program, In Our Time , this morning on my iPod. The topic was Albert Camus. In discussing his novel, The Stranger, one of the distinguished panellists felt that Camus was suggesting that meaning is not pre-inscribed in the world around us and we are continuously seeking meaning in […]

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Thoughts to actions

Posted by  chandni —January 14, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

The best thing we could do for ourselves is reflect on the way we think. I read that in a book once (as a wisdom tip!) Our thoughts affect the way we feel about something (emotions) and the way we react to situations (our behavior) and that chain reaction determines the outcome (results). At Anecdote, […]

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