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Explaining the world around us with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 24, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

In 1944 psychologists Fritz Heider and Marianne Simmel published a paper in The American Journal of Psychology. It was a simple idea. Make a film of geometric shapes moving about and then ask the subjects “… to write down what happened in the picture.” 1 Here’s a slightly cut down version of the original film […]

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KM Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 7, 2009
Filed in Communication, News

You can imagine my surprise when on day 1 of the conference I found myself sitting at the same table as Dan Kirsch. I’ve never met Dan. I’ve seen some of his posts in ActKM but top-most in my mind was that Dan was the guy who triggered the events that led Yahoogroups to delete […]

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The Bullshit Detection Kit

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 2, 2009
Filed in Communication

I discovered this video today which lists 10 questions to help you decide whether a viewpoint, opinion, theory is worth taking on board and believing. Here are the questions that will help you detect bullshit (actually they called it the baloney detector kit but no one says baloney in Australia). Write them down and take […]

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When to engage in deliberate practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2009
Filed in Communication

There are lots of good comments on my post, The importance of deliberate practice and I was prompted to write this one based on Tony Karrer’s observation that many people are thrust into jobs where they must get up to speed quickly. Tony was wondering whether deliberate practice makes sense in these cases. Do we […]

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The Case for Complexity, the Pecha Kucha way

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 16, 2009
Filed in Communication

Last week I gave a presentation to the Canberra Pecha Kucha group on complexity. I subsequently recorded the presentation and loaded it to youtube. Pecha Kucha (explained in a you tube video here) is a presentation format where you have 20 slides and each slide is visible for 20 seconds. Putting the presentation together highlighted […]

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Publicsphere – Government 2.0

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 23, 2009
Filed in Communication

Senator Kate Lundy hosted yesterday’s Publicsphere #2 event on Government 2.0. I attended Parliament House for the morning and ‘watched’ online throughout the afternoon (using the live blog, video stream and the twitter traffic (#publicsphere). It was interesting to watch presentations to an audience of 150 people, the majority of whom had laptops open and […]

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The co-evolution of technology and organising

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 22, 2009
Filed in Communication

The technology we use changes the way we organise and the way we organise effects the technologies we use. This hand-in-glove interaction is called co-evolution. Take the example of the invention of the spinning frame during the industrial revolution of the 18th century. The spinning frame made possible large scale cloth production and created the […]

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Stories and video how-to guides—screencasting Salesforce.com

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 13, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

A couple of week ago a 28 year old naval engineer delivered his baby son based on watching some DIY YouTube videos. When I heard this news I realised that the DIY video’s time had come and it wouldn’t be too long before we see its wide adoption in organisations. I’ve been a long-time user […]

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The TED presentation commandments

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 12, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion. Thou Shalt Tell a Story. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the […]

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Apologies

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 30, 2009
Filed in Communication, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

Last year I wrote about how the skill to apologize will become even more valuable as the world get even more complex and speedy. Things will go wrong. Well it looks like some books are being published on the topic. Here’s what Tom Peters has discovered. In What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: […]

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