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Anecdotally Speaking podcast
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hosted by SHAWN CALLAHAN and MARK SCHENK

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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033 – Nixon on the poverty line

Tags: Data, experimentation, income, insight, poverty, research, science  Is poverty a lack of character or a lack of cash? This story could change your mind.   This week, it is Mark’s turn to share a story. The story he has chosen is one which demonstrates how stories can change minds and influence people. This story changed […]

Nov 12, 2018
17:22

032 – Dyson innovation really sucks

Tags: Dyson, failure, hard work, innovation, insight, persistence, problem solving, success  The story of how James Dyson designed and produced the first bagless vacuum cleaner is one of perseverance and iteration. We know the ending of this story, but the fifteen years which precede it are well worth sharing for the insights they offer into innovation. […]

Oct 30, 2018
28:20

031 – Charles Masefield on humility and productivity

Tags: communication, change, factory, humility, incentives, motivation, productivity, recognition, rewards Sir Charles Masefield describes the series of events by which, under his leadership, BAE Systems’ worst performing factory became their best. Continuing to share stories from those we’ve met on our travels, in this episode we’re joined by Sir Charles Masefield. Charles shares a story from […]

Oct 25, 2018
26:47

030 – Damit Samit, what a great idea

Tags: airport, hard work, initiative, rags to riches Steve Crompton shares an inspiring, real-life rags to riches story, which proves that anyone can make a difference and achieve their dreams if they take the initiative and are willing to work hard to make it happen.  Anecdotally Speaking is back! We’ve taken a short hiatus while […]

Oct 7, 2018
19:15

029 – Paul revered while Dawes knocked

Tags: trust, connections, relationships, messaging, American revolution, British, Concord It’s not what you know, but who knows you and trusts what you say! Looking after your business connections is important for maintaining communications, especially for your ‘news feed’. But does your attention to the news depend on the messenger? In today’s story, we contrast the […]

Sep 4, 2018
13:56

028 – Hot Brazilians Futsal Weapon

Tags: innovation, curiosity, soccer, Today’s episode illustrates the importance of not just noticing a pattern of excellence, but working out why it happens. Sometimes this means jumping in and talking to customers. It’s so easy to become disconnected as you become more senior in a company. It seems like the guys at Apple are combating […]

Aug 15, 2018
15:19

027 – John Snow versus the Miasma

Tags: data, patterns, decisions Bringing your data to life is crucial in making others understand why it’s important. In this example, we hear how John Snow had to be creative and clear with his data to prove his theory right. If you work with data, this story is particularly useful for you. While we disagree […]

Jul 26, 2018
18:45

026 – Henry Ford did that?

What do you do when you have high turnover? Henry Ford’s solution made his shareholders angry. In this example, we see how Henry Ford ignored what everyone around him thought and went ahead with a decision that would more than double his profit. We discuss how this is a great example of how a company […]

Jul 18, 2018
17:42

025 – How to tap into your audience

Tags: Curse of knowledge, bigger picture, insight When people don’t understand what we’re trying to convey to them we get frustrated. Sometimes we wonder why they aren’t getting something so simple. This is called the curse of knowledge. This week’s story is my favourite type – a scientific experiment story. It’s about Elizabeth Newton, a Stanford […]

Jul 5, 2018
18:14

024 – U2 can protect your tribe

Tags: Life and death, bravery, taking care of others An important part of leadership is taking care of your team. This story is a beautiful example of how taking care of others and helping them through tough times is beneficial for everyone. The focus of this story is U2 at their 1986 Tempe concert, and […]

Jun 29, 2018
16:26

 

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