Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category


Irene Pepperberg and Alex

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

In the 1970s Irene Pepperberg was studying for her PhD at Harvard in theoretical chemistry but wasn’t really loving it. Then she learned about the interesting work that was happening in training animals to communicate with humans. People were working with chimps and dolphins and amazing strides were being made. She was hooked and threw […]

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A million versus a billion

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 1, 2010
Filed in Communication

We have been keeping in touch with Kevin Bishop in the UK since running our Influencing Change workshops earlier in the year. A useful idea when trying to achieve change is to make the invisible visible. Kevin has just sent us an excellent example of this. One of the main issues in the United Kingdom […]

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We need to find ways for people to feel it

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 14, 2010
Filed in Communication

Yesterday I ran a workshop for a group of executives on how to find bright spots in your organisation (groups of people who excel with the same resources as everyone else) and then work out ways to transfer the behaviour evident in these bright spots to other parts of their business. I tried to help […]

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Change Behaviours by Making Costs Visible

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 9, 2010
Filed in Communication

This post is by our guest blogger, Kevin Bishop, who recently was in Australia and ran a series of workshops with Anecdote on Influencing Change. Shawn met Kevin last year in London. Kevin was responsible for the change program for 40,000 people at the Royal Bank of Scotland. I was working with a programme team […]

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Death, Sex and Children at Risk

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 19, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Communication

I’ve just found Garr Reynold’s recent post on stories and experience. He makes the good point that people remember stories because they convey emotions, which is very true. We remember what we feel. In this post I would like to briefly explore another reason why we remember stories and touch on the types of stories […]

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It’s how you recover when things fail that counts

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication, Leadership Posts

Since we started Anecdote in 2004 our local Kwik Kopy in Coburg has printed most of our posters and workshop materials. Kelvin does a great job. Always high quality, delivered when we need it despite the outrageous time frames we sometimes impose. That was the case up until this Wednesday. We’d created a high quality […]

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The Mahout, the Elephant and the Path—an analogy for change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 25, 2010
Filed in Communication

Dan and Chip Heath have a new book coming out (Feb) and they sent me a copy of the first chapter. The title is Switch and like their last best seller, Made to Stick, it promises to be a keeper. It’s all about how to motivate people to change. The first chapter has left an […]

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Rules are for the guidance of the wise

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 25, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication, Leadership Posts

This morning, Shawn and I compared recent airline lounge experiences. Mine went a like this On Monday morning I took my Mum to the airport for her flight back to Melbourne. We arrived at about 9.15 am – the airport was as quiet as I have seen it. We had 30 minutes before the flight […]

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Successful leadership

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 16, 2009
Filed in Communication, Leadership Posts

This article gives an overview of a new book by Jason Jennings, ‘Hit the Ground Running‘ about the secrets of winning CEOs. He didn’t find the most successful CEOs any smarter; they were ‘smart enough’. This similar to Gladwell’s view in his latest book ‘Outliers‘. Jennings describes these successful leaders: what differentiates them from their […]

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