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Venue announced – The Harvard Club of Boston

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —April 10, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, News

We can now confirm the venue for our ‘Storytelling for Business Leaders’ workshops in Boston, on the 5th June, is the Harvard Club of Boston. It is a truly stunning venue. Full details about it can be found here. If only those walls could talk! To read more about the course itself and to make […]

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Triggering stories and action through competition

When asked for the secret of his success in the steel industry, American industrialist Charles Schwab (1862-1939) always talked about using praise, not criticism, giving liberal bonuses for work well done, and “appeal[ing] to the American spirit of conquest in my men, the spirit of doing things better than anyone has ever done them before.” […]

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Story triggering – reinforcing beliefs

I did a blog post in February about reconnecting with an old friend of mine, and how she is one of the most gifted storytellers I know. In that post I said I would be sharing some more of her stories, and here is one she shared with me recently. A few years back, I […]

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Some initial thoughts on why we retell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 29, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

As soon as I walked into our office I wanted to tell Kevin the story Hugh Grant told on Graham Norton’s talk show last night. It was a funny little story; an embarrasing stituation for Hugh in a French train toilet. It made me laugh. And when I told it to Kevin we both laughed […]

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Storytelling for business leaders workshop – Boston, MA

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 21, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I am very pleased to announce that I will be running one of our ‘Storytelling for Business Leaders’ workshops in Boston, MA on the 5th June, 2012. I am coming to the US for a three day course at Harvard with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey around their fantastic book Immunity to Change, and thought […]

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Just one sentence to make a difference

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 23, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

There is huge power in short stories used to illustrate a bigger point. I was in London last November delivering a project for a UK government department. One of the things I miss most about the UK (along with Irn Bru, Jaffa Cakes and MOTD) is the weekend newspapers. You could get lost for days […]

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The most naturally gifted storyteller I have ever met

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —February 9, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I have just got back from running our first ever Storytelling for Business Leaders course in Wellington, New Zealand last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, had a great group who told some terrific stories, and I am sure taught me as much as they learnt off me! It was also a real treat to […]

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Story quote of the week

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 13, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

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An open letter to Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Dear Ginni, Congratulations on your appointment as IBM’s CEO. I’m looking forward to seeing how the company changes under your wise guidence. I’m writing this letter because I’ve just read the transcript of your interview at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit held last year. I hope you don’t think this too bold but I would […]

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The whole, complete and detailed story

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 3, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Recent research quoted in the fantastic Psyblog has shown the benefits of telling ourselves the whole, complete and detailed story, rather than just select bits from it. Ruby et al. (2011) (*1) found the benefits of this approach in regards to exercise. They asked a group of people to think about an upcoming exercise session. […]

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