Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

Nature of business narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 13, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Some people think a story must have a plot, character development, a protagonist, a turning point and a resolution. This might be true of a …

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Ira Glass on the power of anecdotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 3, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Ira Glass in a public radio producer and host of This American Life. In this video Ira describes the anecdote as one of the two …

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Don’t tell me what to do, tell me a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 27, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Last week I returned from my morning walk to find my 11–year-old daughter filling the blender with ice cream to make a banana smoothie. My …

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Finding success stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 14, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Have you ever been asked to find success stories and been unsure where to start? Done well success stories slide effortlessly from one teller to the …

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A great place to open space

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 10, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, News

I spent the past few days facilitating an event at the Mountain Heritage Resort at Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains outside Sydney. It is a great …

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Organisational stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 28, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

A friend of a friend of our is a frequent business traveller. Let’s call him Dave. Dave was recently in Atlantic City for an important …

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The power of ordinary practices

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 10, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

An article titled ‘The power of ordinary practices’ was the seventh ‘most read’ of Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge articles for 2006. The articles includes …

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Hierarchy of explaination or why narrative is becoming more important

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

In 1805 William Clark notes in his expedition journal that the Mandans [a Native American tribe] believed that buffalos could be attracted to close-by hunting grounds by …

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How can you become a better facilitator?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Almost a month ago after identifying some metaphors which described various styles of facilitation (eg. Conductor, Chameleon, Dictator) I asked What kind of facilitator are you? Following on …

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The Open Space Fishbowl – A new way to an energised conversation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 7, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

A few months ago Larry Peterson and I discovered and tested a great way to apply the Principles and Law of Open Space Technology to a …

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