Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

The power of hobbies in building community

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 23, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

On that day when Adelaide’s temperature reached 46.7C I was running a workshop for the spatial modelling and drafting community of practice. Their ritual is …

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Profiting from Collaboration

Posted by  chandni —January 21, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Google and P&G are both known for their innovation capabilities and strict internal policy. Driven by market forces, they made an exception. They swapped about …

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Practicing great customer service, one story at a time

Posted by  chandni —January 9, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Many posts ago, we shared the example of the Ritz Carlton demonstrating that ‘A company that values customer service should be teeming with customer service …

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Group rewards result in higher performance

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

When I was at IBM leading the software services group in Melbourne I suggested in one of our leadership meetings that we should introduce a …

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…all you need is love

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 18, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

Driving to Sydney yesterday I heard the ABC news describe how Justice Michael Kirby had delivered a speech on the topic of love to a …

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Saying thanks is important for collaboration

Posted by  chandni —December 11, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

A discussion thread on the Australian Facilitator’s Network (AFN) list highlights a collaborative behaviour we don’t seem to practice enough of and in a meaningful …

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Collaboration requires fairness

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 28, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Humans have a strong sense of fairness. If two people are given a sum of money and one is asked to divide it and offer …

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Scientific discovery and the value of collaboration

Posted by  chandni —November 25, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Scientists in Iowa recently reported a breakthrough discovery. They successfully identified the gene (PRICKLE1) which when mutated causes epilepsy. There’s two things amazing about this …

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Past experience holding back collaborations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 20, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Last Friday I ran a workshop for a client on collaboration. I emphasised collaborative practices and behaviours and at one point I introduced the idea …

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Fired up and ready to go

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 13, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I was in Singapore last week helping a group of leaders learn how to find and tell their own stories. No templates, no recipes, just …

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