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Three ways to make your strategy stick

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

In my hands is a corporate strategy. It’s a glossy six-page document designed for every employee to memorise and enact. There are seven themes each with three sub-themes. There are also seven values. All the information is presented as dot points well set out with lots of white space for easy reading. Sadly this strategy […]

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The role scripts play in finding stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 16, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Everyday we tell those closest to us (our family, friends, colleagues) about what happened to us: today, yesterday, last week. Occasionally we’ll reminisce about the old days but for those we know well what’s worth recounting, what’s remarkable, is happening on a daily basis. We don’t even need to tell the whole story because the […]

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Working out what our corporate values really mean?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 26, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Strategy

Most organisations I know have a set of stated values. You know what I mean, things like integrity, professionalism, respect for the individual. And in most cases they’ve been developed for the wrong reasons. And when developed for the right reasons, most employees don’t understand what the values mean anyway. Let me explain. Often the […]

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Celebrating Story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 11, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I’m sitting here watching the sun peak up over the trees and bushes that define the boundary of our backyard thinking about the enjoyable conference I attended last week. It was called Celebrating Story and it was held at the Abbotsford Convent. Andrew and Sasha Rixon did a tremendous job organising the event. They created […]

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How to tell a story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 2, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Some great advice from Scott Simon.

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More than just a launch

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 28, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

Stories are our natural way to plan. We imagine how things are going to work out, who are the players, what incidents might befall us and what we’re going to do to avoid these traps. We remember what happened last time and what we must steer clear of. We think about those good bits we […]

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Dan Pink on Motivation – and his subtle use of stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

Dan Pink TED talk has an important message: what scientists know about the detrimental effects of incentives remains largely unknown and unpractised by managers. He argues, which I totally agree, that we need to create workplaces which provide autonomy, possibility for mastery and purpose. These factors truly motivate us. The video, see below, is also […]

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Moments

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 1, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling

These moments, beautifully depicted in this video, are the stuff of anecdotes, all those little stories we tell everyday that form the chatter that keeps us connected. via The Obvious

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Contrary to popular belief, business stories are mostly short

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 28, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

There’s a perception in business that stories are long and time consuming. “I don’t have time to tell a story. I’m just going to give them the facts,” I hear business folk say. The reality is quite different. Every month or so I run a storytelling for leaders workshop. One of the first activities I […]

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