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Meeting to talk about storytelling, narrative and complexity

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 28, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I run a meetup group in Melbourne call Emergence and we get together for drinks and dinner each month. Our next meeting is on the 13th March at 6pm. For full details and to RSVP go to here. It very informal and just a good way to catch up with new people and talk about […]

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Anecdote’s will be checked and re-checked

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

Expect any anecdote you tell to be tested and retested, especially if you are a politician. Barrack Obama is a storyteller par excellence and so when he recounts a story you can bet there is an army of doubters checking out its validity. Here is the anecdote in question reported in the New Republic. “You […]

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Looking for the single, correct answer can be dumb

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

Thanks to ken (one of our favourite Anecdote blog commentors) for this link of Malcolm Gladwell doing what he does best: telling a story which helps us understand something new—this time it’s spaghetti sauce. The story is about Howard Moskowitz and how he transformed our views of retail choice and explains why we have so […]

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The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is now free

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 9, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson is all about innovation, particularly that type of innovation which occurs when two or more different disciplines, mindsets, ways of doing things, collide and new idea emerges. It seems that Frans learned that “best-selling author Paolo Coelho boosted sales in Russia by uploading a pirate copy of his book, […]

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Business storytelling training in Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 6, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

Regular readers of our blog are well aware of the many storytelling, business narrative and community of practice workshop we run throughout the year. But if you have just found our site you can download our latest schedule of courses or visit our workshop page to see all the topics and dates. This month we […]

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Adding storytelling to the employee engagement agenda

Posted by  chandni —January 22, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I was pleased to read the findings of a recent survey on employee engagement. ▪ 81% of organizations surveyed worldwide have an employee engagement practice ▪ 49% use storytelling techniques to engage their employees Although only a few organizations have employee engagement formally defined on their agenda, the survey suggests an increasing trend in the […]

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An exciting storytelling event in Copenhagen – the movie

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Late last year I teamed up with Madelyn Blair, Terrence Gargiulo, Michael Margolis, Limor Shiponi, and Karen Dietz to start a new community of practice called Worldwide Story Work. We created a Ning workspace to conduct our online conversations and I see we now have 88 members. If you care about story work in organisations […]

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Storytelling, Business Narrative and Community of Practice Workshops

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

2008 marks a busy year for Anecdote and this graphic gives you an idea of our workshop schedule. Storytelling is represented with bears, business narrative with fish and communities of practice with balloons. As you can see we are running workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. Here is the full, printable version of […]

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The Beams of New College, Oxford

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Another find from the filing cabinet clean up. This time an anecdote from Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn. This story was recorded by Brand from the anthropologist Gregory Bateson. New College, Oxford, is of rather late foundation, hence the name. It was founded around the late 14th century. It has, like other colleges, a great […]

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Knowlege Management Workshops in Australia

Posted by  Krista Schmeling —December 7, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

We had a great day on Monday running our Narrative Techniques for Business workshop in Canberra. The venue overlooked Lake Burley Griffin and we had a fun group of people attend from within Canberra and interstate. I started at Anecdote in mid-October and one of the things I have been working on is our 2008 […]

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