Archive for the ‘Leadership Posts’ Category


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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Strategy alignment and execution consultants: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

Anecdote helps you harness the natural power of stories to bring your strategy to life. We help you tell your strategic story and then engage your employees in the strategic process so everyone has a hand in creating it. The result is a strategy everyone understands in concrete, specific terms where the level of commitment […]

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Leaders should tell a story to explain why

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

On a recent trip to Canberra I was lining up to board the plane. Behind me was a young family. Their young son, probably four or five, was quizzing his dad. The boy said: “Why are we in the line?” “Because we are getting on the plane,” his dad replied. “Why are we getting on […]

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Three ways to make your strategy stick

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, Strategy

In my hands is a corporate strategy. It’s a glossy six-page document designed for every employee to memorise and enact. There are seven themes each with three sub-themes. There are also seven values. All the information is presented as dot points well set out with lots of white space for easy reading. Sadly this strategy […]

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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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Worthwhile work

Posted by  Mark Schenk —August 14, 2009
Filed in Leadership Posts

Is there a movement toward meaningful and worthwhile work? Are people increasingly interested in pursuing work that contributes to a more equitable, just, sustainable and inclusive world? Do people increasingly want work that makes the most of their talents? A job they are proud of? Its certainly getting a push from Gen X and Gen […]

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Don’t second guess me

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 28, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

I am working on a project requiring a major organisational transformation. On Monday, the division’s chief heads off to Canberra to get a mandate to make the change from head office. One of his biggest concerns is head office continuously second-guessing him as he leads the organisation through the change process. He recognises that in […]

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How to be memorable and inspire action at work by telling stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 13, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership Posts, News

Thanks to all my Twitter friends who helped me refine this article. It was a fun process that reinforces for me the strength of social computing approaches for collaboration. The main purpose of this whitepaper is to introduce senior leaders to the idea of business storytelling and demonstrate its importance, especially in the increasingly complex […]

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Day 3 of Story Week

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 6, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to Story Week so far. Continuing with our theme of “leadership”, today we are featuring a story from Dr Fiona Wood, who was recognised as “Australian of the Year” for her work after the Bali Bombings. And we’d still like to hear your ideas for Friday’s story. When […]

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