Anecdotally Speaking podcast


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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037 – Fortran reveals Hidden Figures

Dorothy Vaughan was a mathematician who worked for NASA during the 1960s. Her story provides an excellent example of the importance of continually learning and effectively responding to disruption. Happy New Year! We took two weeks off over the holiday period to relax and recharge. Now, we’re back and ready for a big year!  Here […]

Jan 30, 2019

036 – The way to a rioter’s heart

Tags: Conflict, patterns, problem solving, riot, small thing big difference, success When presented with a problem, its easy to assume big interventions will best prompt change. This week’s story suggests that we should think about the small things we can do, before jumping to bigger interventions that other people can implement.  This week, Shawn shares […]

Dec 5, 2018

035 – Spotify bugs bite back

Tags: Bugs, familiarity, insight, mistakes, product development, software People tend to be resistant to change. So, what is the best way to keep people interested in a new product? This story suggests finding a balance between new and familiar features is the answer.  It’s now Shawn’s turn to share a story. The story he has chosen […]

Nov 27, 2018

034 – When baggage really flies

Tags: Decision making, marketing, profit, purpose, revenue, values, values in action The story behind Southwest Airlines’ ‘Bags Fly Free’ campaign demonstrates how having a clear purpose can help an organisation make better, more profitable decisions. Having a clear purpose can help an organisation make better decisions. Southwest Airlines’ purpose to ‘democratise the skies’ helped the airline […]

Nov 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

028 – Hot Brazilians futsal weapon

Tags: Curiosity, insight, 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


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