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Employee engagement – good intentions are not enough

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

My engineering friends would say it like this … good intentions are a necessary but insufficient condition for success. In my working life I have only ever met a handful of people who deliberately set out to humiliate, disempower, demotivate or otherwise disengage staff. Yet these are exactly the effects that many managers/leaders have. How […]

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Exploring employee engagement

Posted by  Mark Schenk —March 28, 2011
Filed in Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

We have been using narrative approaches for many years to help organisations with employee engagement. This 4 minute youtube video gives some insights into some of the things we’ve notice working in this field and some examples of behaviours that can build or undermine engagement. In 2009, we also posted a detailed description of how […]

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True importance

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 24, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

This story was told the other day by General David Petraeus (The head of all international forces in Afghanistan) just before a press conference illustrating the meaning of true importance. “This was about 20 years ago when I was the aide to the Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon and Colin Powell was the […]

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The Party Thieves by Barrie Cassidy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 17, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

The meeting of MPs “happened in his office in September 2009, when a delegation chosen by the backbench went to see him about a proposal to cut MP printing allowances. This was an issue that directly affected the ability of the backbenchers to do their job, yet the decision had been taken without any consultation […]

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Four things you need to have in your head

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 29, 2010
Filed in Leadership Posts, Strategy

Have you ever had this happen to you? I was chatting with a senior leader asking him about their organisational values. “Yeh, sure, we have a set of values. Let me see, where did I put the annual report?” He then ferreted around his office to find the list of values. There are some things […]

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Humanity at work

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 17, 2010
Filed in Leadership Posts

Last night I started reading Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. I highlighted a phrase in the introduction that really stood out for me. This morning I was looking through my notebook and came across notes from a conversation I had with Shawn on 19 March this year after he had read […]

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10 Mindsets of Great Mentors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 7, 2010
Filed in Leadership Posts

Last month Bob Sutton wrote a post listing the important mindsets of a good manager. It got me thinking about the important mindsets for a good mentor. Here’s my top 10. You really care about the person you’re mentoring. You want them to succeed. You’re curious and intensely interested in them as a person You’re […]

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Leadership Storytelling – 20 minute podcast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Are you tired of reading blog posts? For a change how about just listening about storytelling? Makes sense really. I recorded this podcast for a group of executives in New York and thought you might also enjoy it. It describes why I think storytelling is an important leadership skills, why stories have impact, provides a […]

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Company Command

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 4, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, Leadership Posts

What if a single warrior could have the knowledge of thousands? In the late 1990s, Nate Allen and Tony Burgess (both US Army Captains) sat on their back porches in Hawaii and swapped stories about their experiences as company commanders and pondered the question above. They had a vision about connecting all company commanders in […]

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A beautifully told strategic story from ASICS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 21, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Every company wants to tell a compelling strategic story that conveys the essence of what they’re about. If it’s a success their customers and employees will know where they have come from and where they are going and what makes them unique and worthwhile. And with this knowledge they become attracted to what they are […]

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