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Putting stories to work is more than storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 16, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Telling, telling, telling …  So many in the field of story work focus on storytelling. Sure, telling a good story at the right time has impact. But storytelling represents a mere fraction of what can be done with business stories. Here is one little example. Last year I had a call from Kirstyn. She works […]

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Benjamin Franklin and deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

Thomas Jefferson was a great believer in luck, and he found that the harder he worked the luckier he got. His friend and fellow signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Franklin, shared this belief in hard work and self development. From a remarkably young age Franklin understood the importance of practice. Not the kind […]

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Stories or just the facts?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 6, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Bob Dickman, who wrote Elements of Persausion, just sent me this note that has this thought provoking story in it which I though you would like. If you are in California you might like to attend his storytelling workshop. I’ve just returned from visiting some friends of mine in Maui. They told me an amazing […]

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Richard Branson launches Virgin Money with a simple clarity story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 1, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Strategy

Last week I was driving to basketball with my daughter listening to Hamish and Andy on the radio. Richard Branson was up next to talk about the launch of Virgin Money and this is what he said (perhaps not word perfect but how I remember it): Andy: so tell us about this new venture Sir […]

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Irene Pepperberg and Alex

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

In the 1970s Irene Pepperberg was studying for her PhD at Harvard in theoretical chemistry but wasn’t really loving it. Then she learned about the interesting work that was happening in training animals to communicate with humans. People were working with chimps and dolphins and amazing strides were being made. She was hooked and threw […]

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Community of Practice – Green Ninjas

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 24, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

I had a great day on Tuesday exploring a Community of Practice that has formed within a NSW local government council. This group call themselves the green champions and 40 representatives across the council participate to make sustainability an integral part of every staff member’s daily activities. The aim is to ‘show by doing’. Some […]

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A postive approach to change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 12, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

For change to stick it’s often a good idea to find where things are working and then figure out how to get those successful behaviours happening where you need them. I often tell this story, which I’ve read in Switch, to illustrate this positive approach to change. In the 1990s Vietnam faced a terrible problem: […]

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Leadership Storytelling – 20 minute podcast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Are you tired of reading blog posts? For a change how about just listening about storytelling? Makes sense really. I recorded this podcast for a group of executives in New York and thought you might also enjoy it. It describes why I think storytelling is an important leadership skills, why stories have impact, provides a […]

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I remember you

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Why do you remember some people and completely forget others? In February 2008 I ran some some sessions for a client at a site in Homebush in suburban Sydney. We were collecting examples from staff about engagement – examples about things that had motivated them or disengaged them. The examples were used to identify actions […]

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Reducing arseholes in the workplace. Mentoring helps

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 6, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I remember this day clearly. I’d been working at IBM for a few years running the KM practice and I decided I should move into the strategy practice in what was called the Business Consulting Services (BCS). Before this move I had a lot of autonomy: I decided the type of work I’d do; I […]

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