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Ignite your story telling

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —August 7, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

When it comes to being an effective fire fighter, fire science has come up with the fire triangle. The fire triangle is a simple model which says that fire requires Fuel, Heat and Oxygen to burn. These three elements form the sides of the fire triangle. Take any one of these sides away and the […]

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Sensemaking starts with noticing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 6, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Oscar Wilde once remarked, “there was no fog in London before Whistler painted it.” Wilde was referring to Whistler’s, Chelsea Wharf, and making the point that we can easily fail to see what’s staring us in the face until something or some experience brings it into sharp focus. This happened to me just the other week. I was […]

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Story spines for sensemaking

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —July 21, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

The “story spine” is a natural sensemaking device. Yesterday, one of my good friends Viv was telling me about a workshop experience she went through with a very polarized community where there was alot of conflict and turmoil in the room. As a way to get the group working towards a vision she introduced the story spine […]

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New Anecdote workshop – From Story Disaster to Story Master

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

We are excited to announce our new workshop designed to help people find and tell organisational stories. Here is the description. http://www.anecdote.com.au/coursedisplay.php?cid=12 I recommend you download the brochure and see the detailed information. Feel free to pass it on to anyone you think might be interested in honing their innate storytelling skills.

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The role of story in branding

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 12, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

My friend Darren Woolley sent me this link to Storytelling: Escaping the Price War. The subtitle is: How Perrier and Other Marketers Have Elevated Product Value with Authentic Narrative. The authors, Christian Budtz and Klaus Fog, have written a book about finding and telling your company’s authentic stories. Here’s a snippet: Does your company have […]

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Narrative quote from Steve Denning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 12, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

I like this quote from Steve: “The choice for leaders in business and organizations is not whether to be involved in storytelling—they can hardly do otherwise—but rather whether to use storytelling unwittingly and clumsily—or intelligently and skillfully.” (xvi) Denning, S. 2005. The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative. San […]

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Anthropologist collects stories from soldiers in Afganistan

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 6, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

I just noticed this news item over at Harold Jarche’s blog describing how anthropologist Anne Irwin spent time collecting stories in the field with the Canadian Light Infantry battle group in Afghanistan. Here’s an except: When they are out in the field and return from a patrol, the exhausted soldiers relax together in small, tightly-knit groups […]

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A new book on conversation gets a tougue lashing from Steve Denning

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 28, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Last week I ordered Conversation: A History of a Declining Art by Stephen Miller from Amazon. I’d heard the author interviewed by Phillip Adams on Late Night Live and it sounded interesting. Today I read Steve Denning’s stinging review which I thoroughly enjoyed. Denning didn’t like Miller’s inability to clearly make the case for declining […]

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Getting started with Anecdote Circles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 28, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

We’ve spoken about anecdote circles a bit on this blog (here, here and here) and people have asked us how they can get started with using the technique. So, to help you start collecting your company stories we’ve created the following service: http://www.anecdote.com.au/anecdoteCircles Let me know what you think.

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What our workshops look like

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 20, 2006
Filed in Business storytelling

Just thought you might be interested in what sensemaking and intervention design workshops look like so I’ve updated our Business Narrative Squidoo lens with some snaps for your viewing pleasure.

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