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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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Get rid of the crappy stuff. Advice from Steve Jobs

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 27, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Here is a nice little story from CEO of Nike, Mark Parker.

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Excusable delay

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 20, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

You know the feeling. You are waiting in a cafe for a meeting and its 10 minutes past the agreed time…am I in the right place, is it the right day? Well, that was me on Monday morning. About 15 minutes late, Carolyn Tate arrived. She explained that as she was leaving for the meeting […]

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Trigger new stories and changing behaviours

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Our mind is full of beliefs, assumptions and values which affect what we do and how we do it. Much of what we assume comes from our experiences, especially if we’ve told ourselves and others the story of what happen and what it means for us. Our stories help us remember and embed our assumptions.1 […]

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Recovering with grace

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Fun

Dave Bruebeck, the jazz virtuoso, once said “there is no mistake if you can resolve it.” I was reminded of this quote when Steve Hopkins told me this story about what happened at World Vision around the time of the Haiti earthquakes.

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A beautifully told strategic story from ASICS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 21, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Every company wants to tell a compelling strategic story that conveys the essence of what they’re about. If it’s a success their customers and employees will know where they have come from and where they are going and what makes them unique and worthwhile. And with this knowledge they become attracted to what they are […]

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Death, Sex and Children at Risk

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Communication

I’ve just found Garr Reynold’s recent post on stories and experience. He makes the good point that people remember stories because they convey emotions, which is very true. We remember what we feel. In this post I would like to briefly explore another reason why we remember stories and touch on the types of stories […]

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