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Rugby team uses narrative to develop winning culture

Posted by  Daryl Cook —September 11, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

On a recent flight to Sydney, I was flicking through the Virgin Blue in-flight magazine ‘Voyeur’ and came across an interesting article about the ABC-TV series South Side Story, a documentary on the turnaround of the South Sydney Rabbitohs – an organisation that has seen its fair share of turmoil in recent years. Here’s a […]

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How to make your workplace more storyable

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 9, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Story techniques are becoming popular but I do worry that people will become overly focussed on capturing stories with the hope that someone will search the story database in search of how to get things done. The other, and complimentary, approach is to create workplaces where it’s natural to tell (and listen to) stories and […]

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Knowledge retention seminars

Posted by  Daryl Cook —August 23, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

We are running a series of breakfast seminars in the coming weeks, exploring the use of narrative techniques for knowledge retention. It will be a mini ‘road-trip’ for us that takes in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, and we’re all looking forward to sharing our experiences, good coffee and great conversations. There’s been an overwhelming response […]

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Naturally incorporating stories in your conversations

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 21, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Annette Simmons, in her excellent book The Story Factor, warns us from adopting ‘the story voice.’ You know the one. The narrator starts by saying something like “I’ve got this great story” and then proceeds to adopt a kind of sing-song voice as they tell their story. You can tell it’s a performance. But it […]

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When quantitative analysis just wont cut it

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 18, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

I read Bob Sutton and Jeff Pfeffer’s book, Hard Facts: Dangerous Half-thruths & Total Nonsense, and I was concerned managers would think that you could only make decisions based on data and analysis. So I was delighted to see this post from Bob Sutton setting out three times when data and analysis wont help. When […]

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How a transcript can enhance listening

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 10, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I’ve just returned from a couple of days in New Zealand working with my old colleagues from IBM. It was a fun to spend two days thinking and talking about knowledge strategy. I had lunch with Ross Pearce from IBM and he told me how he helped two parts of a company resolve their communications […]

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Good conversations lead to good stories

Posted by  Robyn —August 2, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Watching Andrew Denton interview Michael Parkinson on More Than Enough Rope on ABC television recently was a lesson in good interviewing techniques. Denton even admitted he only needed to turn up, say something to get started and then sit back and let Michael just tell his stories. Parkinson was relating how difficult it was way […]

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Quicklinks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 29, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Just cleaning up my Bloglines and thought I would share some of the posts I was saving. Brad Hinton reflects on oral history and storytelling and points to some useful resources. Stephen Dubner (of Freakonomics) sharing Mark Twain’s view of work and play. If you have read Made to Stick, you might also like these […]

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Collecting stories – the role of the imaginary person

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 23, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Aiden Choles has just posted a nice piece on how he used role play within an anecdote circle to collect stories. This is how it happened. He was starting to explore the prevalent myths in the organisation he’s working with when one of the participants mentioned change house cleaners. It turns out that at a […]

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Steve Denning picks up on story-listening

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

I was just reading Steve Denning’s latest newsletter and I noticed that he has picked up on the importance of story-listening in his latest book. He writes: Obviously, I’m a great fan of storytelling. And yet, I have to say, there’s also something basically wrong with the term, “storytelling”. If you take it literally, it […]

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