Archive for the ‘Business storytelling’ Category

The problems with a dotmocracy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Have you ever used the technique we call a ‘dotmocracy’ to get a group to prioritise a set of ideas/initiatives/actions? Each person is given five …

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Talent magnetism

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 31, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

I was in New Zealand for a couple days this week. I caught up with my colleagues at Future of People and Organisations (FPO) – …

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What is business narrative?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 17, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

The term ‘business narrative’ hasn’t really taken off, yet I’m finding more and more people in organisations are drawn to these techniques because traditional approaches …

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Steve Jobs tells three stories about himself

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 17, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

A couple of days ago Steve Jobs made the commencement address to students at Stanford. He tells three simple stories about himself with great effect. …

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New Anecdote white paper available: using narrative to align brand and customer service

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 23, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Narrative techniques can be applied effectively across a wide range of business issues—the more difficult the better. I’ve been recently working on how to use …

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Storytelling versus storysensemaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 6, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

It’s interesting how a word affects what we do. Take ‘storytelling’. This is a hot topic in business and marketing today evidenced by the books …

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Beyond bullets

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

Chris Atkinson has written a book on how to make better presentations using a narrative approach. His blog and website (beyond bullets) brim with practical ideas. …

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Crafting good anecdote circle questions

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 14, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Successful anecdote circle facilitation hinges on the judicious use of open, story-eliciting questions. I’ve dashed off this short guide on how to create effective questions for …

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Types of organisational narrative

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 9, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Until recently (yesterday actually) I have differentiated two types of organisational stories: those crafted to persuade an audience—this approach is typified by Steve Denning’s work …

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Character traits

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 9, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

When extracting archetypes from a body of narrative, I have found it useful to give the workshop participants a large list of character traits to …

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