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Some good quotes in support of narrative in business

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 30, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

If you are building a business case to use narrative techniques in your organisation, here are some great quotes to sprinkle throughout the story you might tell your executive.

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Complexity, Stories, and Knowing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 18, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Ken Baskin presented this paper at the 2004 International Workshop on Complexity and Philosophy. I haven’t had a chance to read the paper yet but the topic seems interesting. Thanks to Fabio Boschetti at CSIRO for alerting me to this one.

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Corporate narrative is not storytelling

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

After hearing Dave Snowden describe the importance and application of stories in organisations for the first time, I became extremely excited by the idea and raced off to write a story. I was in the middle of a project helping a client develop a competitive intelligence capability and the engagement was exilarating. So I wrote […]

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Cynefin project – Bank of Thailand

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 4, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

There are relatively few available case studies that document projects using Cynefin techniques. I believe this will be remedied in the near future on the completion of the new Cynefin web site. In the meantime here is a brief description of a lessons learned project done by the Bank of Thailand which applied Cynefin narrative techniques. […]

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Capturing oral histories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 1, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

There is a growing interest in capturing employees stories using video or audio. Experienced employees are walking out the door and taking their knowledge with them, leaving little behind. Senior managers are rightfully concerned; especially in government. Understanding why policies are they way they are and knowing what has been tried and what has failed […]

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Eliciting stories – the warm up

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 8, 2004
Filed in Business storytelling

Eliciting stories from workers relies, in part, on asking good questions. But before people will provide their more personally significant stories they must feel comfortable and relaxed. A short ‘warm-up’ time is very conducive to genuine sharing. The ‘warm-up’ might occupy the first 10-15 minutes of a session. In most cases I begin by setting […]

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Stories not atoms

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 7, 2004
Filed in Business storytelling

“The universe is made of stories not atoms.” Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980, poet) – The Speed of Darkness

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