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The stonecutters and the cathedral builder

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 27, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Here is one of the stories I heard at KM Australia as told by John Girard. On a foggy autumn day nearly 800 years ago a traveller happened upon a large group of workers adjacent to the River Avon. Despite being tardy for an important rendezvous curiosity convinced the traveller that he should inquire about […]

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What an artist and computer scientist can do with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Jonathan Harris loves playing around with stories and in this 20 minute presentation at the 2007 TED he gives three examples of his work. He seems facinated with how you can collect stories and them represent then using computer graphics. The project I found most interesting, and it was reminiscent of Cognitive Edge’s ground-breaking work […]

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A bunch of Robert McKee resources

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I think one of the first books I read on storytelling was Story by Robert McKee. It’s written from the perspective of a screenwriter and conveys a tremendous understanding of story structure. Today I noticed Presentation Zen blogged a long post reviewing a Harvard Business Review article by McKee, some video interviews and a myriad […]

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Unfinished business enhances mindfulness

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

The story goes that Bluma Zeigarnik was sitting in a cafe in Vienna (as all good psychologists do) and noticed that the waiters were able to remember long and complicated orders up to the point where the orders were delivered to the table and placed in front of the correct patron. After this point the […]

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Matt Moore facilitates a discussion on story work with Madelyn Blair and me

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 2, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

This morning Madelyn and I met Matt Moore on Skype to chat about story work. Matt’s a fast worker and has already posted the podcast. Here are the show notes: 00:00 – Introductions: Madelyn & Shawn’s first introduction to storywork. 04:00 – Stories that stick in your mind: Madelyn’s story of the Swedish ambassador, the […]

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Immediate feedback in the moment

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 2, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Employee Engagement

The best way to learn a practical skill is to receive immediate, helpful feedback while you are performing the task. I was reminded of this fact this morning at our junior basketball competition. Next to each referee was an apprentice referee in a green shirt, whistle in mouth ready to make the call. They get […]

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Employee engagement interest in storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 30, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

A few weeks back, Alex Manchester from Melcrum interviewed me on various issues around storytelling. He approached me following the large amount of interest in storytelling shown at the Employee Engagement conference in late May. The interview is available as a podcast if you are interested. The use of narrative for exploring issues around employee […]

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Guide to anecdote circles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 27, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I’ve just realised that our Guide to Anecdote Circles has been kind of hidden on our website so I have popped a copy of the guide in the Whitepapers section of the site. Update: Jenny Murray just pointed out to me that I put a draft version up in the first instance and this note […]

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Indexing books with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 19, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I’ve started a new practice of jotting down, inside the front cover of a book, the anecdotes it contains. It seems to work best for modern business books that have a liberal smattering of stories throughout. It is a useful practice because, like most people, I can remember a story much better that facts and […]

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Storytelling and leadership

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

It’s obvious to most people that good leaders are good storytellers. Stories help inspire action because they transport the listener to experience the events recounted in the story in a way that conveys emotion, context and a picture of what happened, and why is happened. We remember these stories. They help change our minds and […]

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