Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

A sensemaking story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 16, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Here’s an interesting story Bob Sutton recently received from a US Marine in relation to his excellent book, The No Asshole Rule. It’s a terrific …

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The story of a map – Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 NYC Subway Map

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 14, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Imagine if you could get people to talk on camera about their achievements and mistakes. The result could be a powerful, especially if you use …

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The story of the old man and the insulting children

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 27, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m reading Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn. It’s a terrific book. This story struck my funny …

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Lessons learning: using stories to share understanding

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

This morning (Happy Easter!) I started writing a paper on a narrative approach to lessons learning. I’m at the point of gathering my thoughts and …

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Anecdote circles don’t work for everyone

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Occasionally, anecdote circles don’t work. Sometimes, people don’t get a lot out of them. In the feedback session for the leadership program mentioned on Wednesday …

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Anecdote: making positive choices

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 4, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I am in a plane to Brisbane reflecting on the second delivery of a 2.5 day leadership program we have helped develop for the Australian …

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Shell’s blue book – a fine example of storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 22, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

In 2001 Shell collected a bunch of stories and put them together in a booklet now know as the Blue Book, but with the official title …

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Sensemaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 20, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

This description of sensemaking makes the most sense to me. Sensemaking involves turning circumstances into a situation that is comprehended explicitly in words and that …

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Identifying a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m just in the process of building up some reflections for my workshop in Boston (you’re most welcome to register and attend) in a couple of weeks …

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Why use business narrative techniques?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 17, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Whenever someone asks me this question I tell them this story. One of our first narrative projects was to help a government department assess their …

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