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Welcome to our podcast, Anecdotally Speaking. Each week we tell a business story, talk about why it works and discuss where you might tell it at work. Our aim is to help you build your story repertoire.

 

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211 – Looks Can be Deceiving – Ronald Read

In Episode 211 of Anecdotally Speaking, discover Ronald Read’s secret and its application to staff development and job design. In Episode 211 of Anecdotally Speaking, …

Jul 16, 2024

210 – There’s a Story Behind Everything

Episode 210 of Anecdotally Speaking gives insight into how salespeople can increase value and customer buy-in through story. In Episode 210 of Anecdotally Speaking, Shawn …

Jul 9, 2024

209 – Take the Opposing View

In Episode 209 of Anecdotally Speaking, discover how asking the right questions brought us GPS – and how you can take these lessons into your …

Jul 2, 2024

208 – Making Numbers Meaningful

In Episode 208 of Anecdotally Speaking, discover how to make abstract concepts relatable and humanize data in business settings. In Episode 208 of Anecdotally Speaking, …

Jun 25, 2024

207 – Control is an Illusion – Barbra Streisand

In Episode 207 of Anecdotally Speaking, learn the origin of “The Streisand Effect” and uncover its powerful lesson on perseverance in business. In Episode 207 …

Jun 18, 2024

206 – Necessity is the Mother of Invention – John Sipe

Explore how John F. Sipe’s 1919 innovation provides lessons in business problem-solving and challenging the status quo. In Episode 206 of Anecdotally Speaking, Mark tells …

Jun 11, 2024

205 – Creativity in Constraints – Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie

Boundless creativity can create stagnancy. Listen to hear how Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie demonstrate the importance of constraints in creativity. In Episode 205 of …

May 29, 2024

204 – The Serve and Return Turning Point: Agassi, Becker and perseverance

We are all looking for the turning point in a good story, and we love a story that demonstrates perseverance and resolve.

Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: explaining the data in a story, sizing up your competition and ‘keeping Mum’ with your competitive advantage.

Apr 23, 2024

203 – The resilience and persistence story of Penfolds Grange

Resilience and persistence are not only the hallmarks of future success in winemaking, but in business too.

Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: sticking to your guns, having a ‘partner in crime’ and really, fully backing your instincts.

Apr 16, 2024

202 – Efficiency versus cost cutting

Reducing waste increases the efficiency of raw material use. But can we all agree that scraping mould off food product prior to packaging may be a little beyond the pale?

Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: understanding the difference between efficiency and cost cutting, short ‘single point’ storytelling, the retelling factor in stories with disgust, and the importance of avoiding abstraction in your stories.

Mar 19, 2024

 

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