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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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EPISODE
DATE
LENGTH

123 – Tragic consequences of standing by

Choosing to remain a bystander can have disastrous effects. Listen to hear how 37 people assumed another person would take responsibility and, as a result, a young woman lost her life.

Sep 8, 2021
26:45

122 – Grumpy maestros and all that jazz

Imperfect conditions don’t equate to imperfect performance. Listen to hear how a solo jazz pianist made the most of what he had and recorded the best selling solo piano album of all time.

Aug 31, 2021
28:59

121 – Charitable causes for problematic pilgrims

When you need to solve a problem or initiate a behaviour change, think beyond the obvious solution—you’ll likely find a more effective one. Listen to hear how a small town in Germany flipped a problematic march on its head.

Aug 24, 2021
24:19

120 – How to love a maths problem

Problems are inevitable but solvable. Listen to hear how an English mathematician solved a 358-year-old maths problem.

Aug 17, 2021
28:34

119 – Don’t do your block buster

Going with your gut is likely to lead you down the wrong path. Listen to hear how ignoring the data led to Blockbuster’s demise.

Aug 10, 2021
13:30

118 – The grass is greener for the second mouse

Is there a place for parables in business storytelling? Listen to hear Shawn Callahan share two apocryphal stories that you could use in your workplace.

Aug 3, 2021
22:34

117 – How a story illuminates an insight

Gary Klein once said, “Insight is when you unexpectedly come to a better story.” Listen to hear Shawn and Mike Adams exchange and explain the value of insight stories.

Jul 27, 2021
37:00

116 – The client hero story in your sales example

It’s time to rethink the case study. Listen to hear how a success story can transform your sales process.

Jul 20, 2021
31:51

115 – Less support gives more liberation

When circumstances change, the vision that brought you success in the past must also change. Listen to hear how a bra manufacturer overcame the challenges of the bra-burning movement of the 1970s.

Jul 13, 2021
27:35

114 – Tails with the Raj of mice and men

Often an idea will need a reality check—can it be executed? Listen to hear how a senior leader at Microsoft discovered the impact of storytelling.

Jul 6, 2021
23:01

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