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Where are we at with Zahmoo?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 13, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

You might be wondering what is happening with Zahmoo? The main reason for the delay is our busy lives at Anecdote. Zahmoo is a labour of love and while we have made great progress and actually have an alpha version of the software working, I’m holding things up with a list of things I need […]

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Truth or verisimilitude in story work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 13, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

The Master gave his teaching in parables and stories which his disciples listened to with pleasure – and occasional frustration, for they longed for something deeper. The Master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand, my dears, that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is […]

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Some more words to elicit stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 2, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling

Last month I listed 10 questions you might use to help people recall their experiences (stories). I was chatting to Paul Atkins (executive coach and leadership expert based in Canberra) the other day and he mentioned that the subject-object interview developed by Harvard professor, Robert Kegan, also featured emotional words designed to elicit stories. Here […]

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Organisational stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 28, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

A friend of a friend of our is a frequent business traveller. Let’s call him Dave. Dave was recently in Atlantic City for an important meeting with clients. Afterward, he had some time to kill before his flight, so he went to a local bar for a drink. He’d just finished one drink when an […]

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The difference between a sound argument and a good story

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

I spent a couple of hours today tracking down some papers for a course I’m helping to teach at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on business narrative when I discovered this excellent paper by Tsoukas and Hatch called ‘Complex thinking, complex practice: The case for a narrative approach to organizational complexity’. I’m a bit of […]

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Narrative for Business Workshops in the USA

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

Update: referral bonus for bloggers. See below. We are pleased to announce that we’re running two narrative techniques workshops in the USA at Seattle and Boston on the 26 and 29th of March. Come and join us for the day and learn how to tackle seemingly intractable business issues like, fostering culture change building trust […]

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Stop trying to solve the problem

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 3, 2007
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Early last year Shawn and I delivered a workshop on narrative techniques in Hong Kong for a group of Masters students who were engaged in projects for several clients of the university. About two-thirds of the way through the workshop one of the students asked “when do we get to the stage where we can […]

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How people perceive one another – a short film

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 19, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

I was at the Salesforce.com Christmas drinks a couple of weeks ago and as part of the entertainment we watched a few short films. All the films are available at www.niceshorts.com.au but there was one in particular I thought you might like because it illustrates how we build stories to understand people and how often we […]

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Questions to elicit stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 19, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation has produced an excellent little book called the Story Guide: Building Bridges Using Narrative Techniques. It’s filled with a range of techniques for collecting and using stories in an organisational setting. I’m a bit of a collector of questions so I was delighted to see their list of […]

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Anecdote circles are like dinner parties…

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 24, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

We often describe anecdote circles as being a bit  like dinner parties, with the exceptions that we try have just one conversation at a time, and there is no wine. Well, last night I facilitated an anecdote circle that was exactly like a diner party… SMS Management and Technology, an Australian consulting company (that both Shawn and […]

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