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The 5 ways storytelling has been discouraged in organisations

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 27, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Following on from our last research findings post suggesting the 7 story forms valued within organisations we have also explored the flip side question of “when has storytelling been discouraged or frowned upon in organisations?”. The broad themes which have emerged from our research are: When stories are gossip When there is a break down in trust and relationships Where there is […]

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The 7 story forms valued within organisations

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 26, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

“When is storytelling valued within your organisation?” was one of the questions we explored within our Australian wide survey on awareness and attitudes of story and narrative techniques in organisations. Categorising the responses from almost 400 senior executives and decision makers from public and private organisations across Australia, there emerged 7 popular story forms. Those were: Hero stories – seen […]

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Why you need to know about Anecdote Circles

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

Interviews and surveys are no longer sufficient to find out what’s really happening in your business. Organisations are becoming more complex every day and as the number of connections increase understanding root causes becomes impossible. We need a way to make sense of the messiness we face. Interviews and surveys typically come laden with pre-determined […]

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What are you more aware of – positive or negative stories?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 20, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, News

You may have been part of our Australian wide survey on attitudes and awareness of story and narrative approaches within organisations. One of the questions which we asked was for people to rate their awareness of positive and negative stories in organisational life. Interestingly, the trend was that people rated that they were generally more aware […]

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Free Webinar: Change your Story Change your World

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 19, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Interested?  Come get a taste at our free webinar that Evolve has invited us to present. Check here for more info.

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What has Al Gore and Edward de Bono have in common?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 13, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

They’re both persuasive presenters. On Tuesday I watched Andrew Denton interview Al Gore on Enough Rope, and on the following day I had lunch with Edward de Bono (with 300 close friends) kindly organised by the VPSCIN. Both presentations were impressive—engaging, thoughtful and enjoyable. With our recent work on helping people tell better business stories I […]

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How can you become a skilled story listener?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 13, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Business people love stories yet most of them just don’t know it yet. Luckily, many of the world’s leading business thinkers and business leaders point to stories as vital in understanding issues like organisational learning, cultural change, leadership, and evaluation. Using story approaches assumes one important aspect: stories. Storytelling is in our nature, but it […]

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Convey complex ideas with compassion, clarity and comprehension

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —September 7, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

In a complex world where the future is inherently unpredictable, it’s sometimes better to wait to the very last minute to make a decision. Do you have the 20th or 21st of this month free? Can you free them up? Here’s your opportunity to join us in learning to find, craft and perform compelling stories […]

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Zahmoo blog is up and running

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 4, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

If you are interested in the Most Significant Change technique or, more generally, in ways to assess the impact of initiatives that are difficult to measure, then you might like to keep an eye on the ZahmooBlog. We will posting on how MSC is being used and can be used; updates on Zahmoo—the online service for […]

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A whole new mind review

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 1, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Garr Reynolds over at Presentation Zen has written an excellent review of Dan Pink’s A Whole New Mind. A couple of quotes that stand out: “The future belongs to a different kind of person,” Pink says. “Designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers — creative and empathetic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets […]

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