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Where’s the science? It’s just an anecdote…

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 18, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Anecdotes and anecdotal evidence are considered fairly sceptically by scientists and science as a whole. Science is very much concerned about verifiability and repeatability and although an anecdote is certainly repeatable, verifying an anecdote is a whole other story. Scientists do fear the anecdote, and rightly so. Scientists face a lot of frustration with how the sharing […]

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New Anecdote whitepaper: Avoiding change management failure using business narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 13, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I’m pleased to let everyone know Andrew, Mark and I have finished our first whitepaper together and we will be sending it out to everyone who has subscribed to our newsletter list. If you would like a copy now just add yourself as a subscriber. For those of you who can wait, we will be […]

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More on balancing narrative and data

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —December 9, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Nancy White recently made the observation: I keep thinking about the role of stories. When we say “tell a story” it has a certain tone that doesn’t always have credibility in some domains like science. Yet it brings context to content that otherwise is easy to gloss over and dismiss. This sure is true and […]

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Balancing narrative and data

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 8, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Freakonomics made it click for me. Narrative on its own is entertaining, informative, makes it real and even inspiring but it’s rarely effective on its own to persuade the hard-nosed number-crunchers which dwell in every organisation. Conversely, data is dry, clinical and reasonable but rarely hits you in the guts with excitement to take action. Freakonomics […]

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Words should be full of meaning

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 18, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Following right on the tail of my post on Facilitation is a fat word I came across this posting over at The Monster Blog: Words should be full of meaning, not hollow phrases. Sounds in an empty room also resonate. Too many management slogans resonate around us at work and too many of them are hollow and […]

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Developing your narrative competence

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 3, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Shawn recently blogged an interesting post on how to develop your narrative competence. The value of a developed sense of narrative competence is well recognised in the Medical field. Here’s an interesting one for pictorial narratives*. Do you think the figures below are both narratives? (*- From “Narrative Representation to Narrative Use: Towards the Limits of Definition – NARRATIVE, Vol. […]

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Home Comforts not Sun Tzu

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

The military metaphor is dominant in many organisations. How many times have you heard colleagues talking about doing battle, gathering the troops, working in headquarters, having Chief EOs, FOs, IOs, OOs. Sun Tzu’s Art of War is often suggested reading for new managers. Here is an alternative metaphor—the organisation as a tumultuous household. Hillary Johnson’s article […]

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Practicing identifying anecdotes

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Our narrative technique relies on the identification and extraction of anecdotes, typically from transcriptions. The ability to quickly identify an anecdote comes with practice so I thought I would take you through a way to develop this skill. First we need to have an idea of what we are looking for. The broadest and simplest […]

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Storytelling survival guide

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 23, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Having a casual surf on a sunday afternoon I came across this interesting Storytelling survival guide by David Boje. It seems a fairly comprehensive, if not provocative review of both theory and practice of storytelling in and of organisations. Provocative because he claims that the works of Snowden and Denning are naive. (I wonder what they think of […]

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Anecdote: Staff motivation and team work

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 21, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Earlier this year Shawn posted about a great site containing anecdotes about the development of the Apple Macintosh. Browsing through the archive I found this great anecdote written with real passion: Since the Macintosh team were artists, it was only appropriate that we sign our work. Steve came up with the awesome idea of having each […]

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