Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

Story as a source of insight

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 28, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Here is an anecdote from a senior executive from our recent survey which I just had to share. I’ve posted about the 5 ways in which stories are …

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Surveys, rewards and shame

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 27, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Bob Sutton has a terrific post describing how Cedars-Sinai Medical Center got all their doctors to wash their hands. His main source for the post is …

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If you can’t measure it….

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 18, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

I recently heard a presentation that mentioned the truism ‘if you can’t measure it you can’t manage it’. It reminded me of how uncomfortable I …

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Pictorial stories that convey values

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 5, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

A mining company just finished a traditional values exercise. You know the one, it ends up with a bulleted list of single words like integrity, …

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Meeting with the creator of Most Significant Change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 25, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I met with Rick Davies this week. He’s in Melbourne visiting his family and doing some work for Oxfam. We talked about the Zahmoo project and …

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Becoming self-sufficient

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 3, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I spent the afternoon with one our clients, a large multi-national, talking about the Most Significant Change pilot we’ve recently worked on together (perhaps one of …

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The one about the conference call vandals

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 3, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

John Smith tells an amusing anecdote about our conference call last week and makes some comments about conference calls and communities of practice.

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Management can kill a community of practice

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 30, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

I was reminded earlier this week of an event in 2000 when I was working for SMS consulting that demonstrated the dramatic and adverse impact …

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Telling stories for a living

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 28, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Everyone can benefit from finding and telling better stories. Don’t be confused in thinking, however, that telling stories means regaling an audience with your latest …

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Relationships create resilience

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I remember a great story told by Margaret Wheatley about how the US Federal Aviation Authority successfully landed all the planes in US airspace on …

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