Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

Using story to comunicate who we are

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Before a leader attempts to convince, share knowledge and even spark action, they should introduce themselves using a story.1 It creates context and builds trust. …

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Stories to convey values

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 15, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m re-reading Steve Denning’s The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling and having fun chasing down the footnotes and references. I thought I’d share with you some …

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Finding the right expertise using your networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 10, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap tell the story of how Jack Hanley, the CEO of Monsanto, hired Howard Schneiderman, the Dean of Biological Sciences at …

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The value of ethnography in business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 4, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Andy Crabtree has written a short article on how to use ethnography to design IT systems. It reminded me of the time, in 2004, when …

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Cognitive Edge training with Dave Snowden

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —June 29, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

Mark and I just returned from spending the last two days at the Cognitive Edge accreditation program run by Dave Snowden. Dave was in great form, …

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How Bill Gates evaluates expertise

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 18, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Joel Spolsky is a software developer who used to work for Microsoft as the Excel Program Manager in the early 90’s. One of his big tasks …

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‘Publish and perish’ is creating long distant collaborations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 13, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

In 1996 I helped the Australian Antarctic Division discover and document its spatial (map-related) data. I remember walking down long corridors in their Hobart offices …

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Expertise location

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 8, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Practically on the day I joined IBM in 1999 I was whisked off to Cambridge, MA, to be part of a global team to launch …

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It’s about what we say no to

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

My first blog post ever was around the improv principle of “Say Yes”. I suggested that: “…it is often when we “Say Yes” that we …

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Designing interventions requires new perspectives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 28, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Culture

Designing interventions for complex environments requires the designers to see new patterns. Before I elaborate on this idea here is a story Steve Denning told …

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