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Anecdotally Speaking’s mid-year break

Anecdotally Speaking is taking a short mid-year break so that we can produce some exciting new content! We’ll be back on the 5th of July.

May 31, 2022

150 – In praise of small stories

A slight change in mindset can improve your entire day. Listen to hear some examples of small stories that have a big impact.

May 17, 2022

Replay 112 – FedEx helicopter story absolutely positively flies

If you give your employees guiding principles rather than rules, they will do amazing things. We replay Doug Keeley’s favourite business story of all time.

May 10, 2022

149 – Natural selection of the fittest story

If you want to change someone’s mind, you need to find a range of stories, not just one. Listen to hear how Charles Darwin formulated and gained support for his theory of evolution.

May 3, 2022

148 – When sense takes flight

Your decisions can have unintended consequences, so give them careful consideration. Listen to hear how one man’s decision caused the deaths of millions of people.

Apr 28, 2022

147 – The chemistry of hot and cold states

Context and emotional state determine success, so when stakes are high, consider simulating the scenario as best you can. Listen to hear how a premier league soccer coach did just that.

Apr 19, 2022

146 – The Assistant Director’s cut

Trust those around you; as a leader, you don’t always need to make the final decision. Listen to hear how an actor handles starring in and directing a movie.

Apr 12, 2022

145 – Dark mansions made of cubes and squares

When you start something, stick with it until you finish it. Listen to hear how an English mathematician solved the world’s longest-standing maths problem. Shawn …

Apr 5, 2022

144 – Science warms up to story

To build trust, you need to share emotional information. Listen to hear how three studies found a link between oxytocin and behaviour change.

Mar 29, 2022

Replay 107 – You just might do it if you don’t know you can’t

Mindset has an incredible impact on performance. Listen to hear how George Dantzig solved two famously unsolvable mathematics problems.

Mar 22, 2022


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