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What kind of facilitator are you?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 14, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

At the upcoming Australian Facilitators conference I’m looking forward to the “Facilitator Archetypes” workshop that I’m running alongside a great cartoonist, Simon Kneebone. This workshop was inspired from some work we did earlier this year exploring language in facilitation. When I asked “what metaphor describes your style of facilitation” I had no idea it would […]

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Reminiscence work – ways to collect stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 14, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

A couple a weeks ago we released our guide to anecdote circles and it has been extremely popular. We tried our best to give an expansive description of how you run these simple gatherings designed to elicit stories. Today on Working Stories Victoria made a substantial contribution by relating the techniques she is learning about […]

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How a restaurant uses stories to keep staff motivated

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

A simple yet effective use of stories is to get staff to recount experiences of success (perhaps using an anecdote circle) before facing the new challenges of the day. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, this is the practice at Morton’s, The SteakHouse. Using positive reinforcement always works better than, “If you […]

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Focus, focus, focus – the big four

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 9, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Paradoxically, one of the dangers of specialising in the practical application of narrative techniques is their wide applicability; sometimes the people who might be interested in your services are unsure what business issues you can help with because you appear to do so many things. So last week we decided to focus on four business issues. […]

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The Storytelling and Complexity Conference in New Mexico

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 31, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

What is the link between storytelling and complexity? This was the theme that found me travelling over 28 hours from Melbourne, Australia to Las Cruces, New Mexico to join with 38 other participants in the story circle. It was a fantastic conference. One of the highlights for me was the socratic circle process which opened up on the […]

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Some free eBook resources

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 22, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Like they say, life is about timing. Coinciding with the launch of our recent ebook The ultimate guide to Anecdote Circles, Chris Corrigan has released an 81 page ebook called the Tao of holding space. Definitely worth a read for all those interested in Open Space.

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Facts and stories (go together like a horse and carriage)

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 15, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Steven Pinker says: “Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web: They might as well not exist.” Thanks to Les Posen for point me […]

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Which storybased techniques are most used?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 10, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Since completing our Australia wide survey on the attitudes and awareness of story and narrative approaches within organisations, I have been working my way through sharing the results. So far, the analysis has surfaced interesting results around: Australian managers intuit story most useful for culture change The 7 story forms valued within organisations The 5 ways […]

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Australian managers intuit story most useful for culture change

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 5, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

When asked in our recent Australian wide survey on the attitudes and awareness of story and narrative in organisations “How much have you heard or read about narrative and story methods for business?” the response from the 390 participating HR Managers, GMs, Directors and others was on the whole some or not much. (See figure below). […]

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Improv and Story to help you in life and work

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 4, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

In a previous post Izzy Gesell and I asked the question How can one improvise in a virtual world? Why do you care? Maybe you don’t but with our upcoming virtual workshop on October 10th being a taster for our “Change your story Change your world” program running with Izzy across the Australian eastern seaboard in November, we […]

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