Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category


The Good Old Training Montage

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 31, 2011
Filed in Fun

Did you ever think the good old movie training montage, found in such classic’s as The Karate Kid, Team America, or the Rocky movies, could beautifully sum up all the elements of deliberate practice? I have been doing some work over the last few weeks on developing a ‘Deliberate Practice Program’ that will help to […]

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Using Stories to Make Better Coffee

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 17, 2011
Filed in Communication, Fun

I had a throughly enjoyable afternoon on Saturday learning not only how to make great coffee, but being surrounded by stories. The course was a present from my wife for Christmas and took place at the Home Barista Institute, just round the corner from the Anecdote office here in Melbourne. The course was delivered by […]

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The Otis Redding Problem

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —January 6, 2011
Filed in Employee Engagement, Fun

I stumbled across a blog post yesterday from Bob Sutton where he referred to the ‘Otis Redding Problem‘. This is where you put in place too many metrics to measure individuals, teams, or business units. meaning they can’t even think about all of them at once. They therefore end-up doing what they believe are important […]

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Seasons greetings from Anecdote

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 21, 2010
Filed in Fun

Its that time of year again. I opened the post office box this morning and found it brimming with wishes for the festive season. Its a great time of year to reflect on the relationships we value and to reach out and connect with them. Shawn and I want to thank all the great people […]

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Recovering with grace

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Fun

Dave Bruebeck, the jazz virtuoso, once said “there is no mistake if you can resolve it.” I was reminded of this quote when Steve Hopkins told me this story about what happened at World Vision around the time of the Haiti earthquakes.

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Ginninderra High School Reunion—Class of 1980

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 18, 2009
Filed in Fun

I went to school in Canberra at Ginninderra High School. Amazingly I still keep in contact with so many of my classmates from back then and this year I’m part of the organising committee for our 30 year reunion to be held on the 6th March 2010. One of the incredible things that have happened […]

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Merry Christmas

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 24, 2008
Filed in Events, Fun

Well 2008 has been a hectic year for most of us. So now is the time to take some well-deserved time off and spend some time with family and friends. We have worked with some great people during the year and to all of our friends, colleagues and clients, we say thank you. Best wishes […]

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Practising the art of creating possibilities

Posted by  chandni —October 2, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

People respond so differently to new ideas. While some people jump with excitement at the thought of new possibilities and irrational ideas, unfamiliarity can others uncomfortable, give up, or find it safe to be a skeptic. This is so well illustrated in this conversation between Alice and the queen in Through the Looking Glass. “I […]

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Another little thing….

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 3, 2008
Filed in Fun

One of the things we talk about a lot is the power of ‘little things’ to make a difference in a complex environment. I saw the sign in the photo on the counter of a cafe earlier this week. If you can’t read it, the poem goes like this Smiling is infectious, you catch it […]

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Lost knowledge?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 26, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

The building in the left foreground of the image is the historic Hyde Park Barracks Museum in Sydney. The building at the back behind the tree is an extension to the equally historic NSW Lands Department building (right of shot). Apparently there was great care taken and no expense spared to ensure that the brickwork […]

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