Posts Tagged ‘Behaviours’

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Leaders can trigger new stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 13, 2013
Filed in Leadership Posts

People watch the behaviour of leaders intensely, like they are on stage with a spotlight on them. This concentrated attention on leader behaviour can be used to trigger new stories and to communicate meaning. Often simple actions can be much more powerful than the words leaders use, as illustrated on the example below: In 2007 […]

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A postive approach to change

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 12, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

For change to stick it’s often a good idea to find where things are working and then figure out how to get those successful behaviours happening where you need them. I often tell this story, which I’ve read in Switch, to illustrate this positive approach to change. In the 1990s Vietnam faced a terrible problem: […]

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Change Behaviours by Making Costs Visible

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 9, 2010
Filed in Communication

This post is by our guest blogger, Kevin Bishop, who recently was in Australia and ran a series of workshops with Anecdote on Influencing Change. Shawn met Kevin last year in London. Kevin was responsible for the change program for 40,000 people at the Royal Bank of Scotland. I was working with a programme team […]

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Trigger new stories and changing behaviours

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 5, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Our mind is full of beliefs, assumptions and values which affect what we do and how we do it. Much of what we assume comes from our experiences, especially if we’ve told ourselves and others the story of what happen and what it means for us. Our stories help us remember and embed our assumptions.1 […]

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Complexity based interventions and the role of peer pressure

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 8, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes

A few weeks ago my youngest daughter was kidnapped by her school bus driver. Actually it wasn’t just my daughter, it was every child on the bus that day. It all started a few weeks before the kidnapping. Every day on the way home from school the bus would reach the first stop and one […]

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The story of the old man and the insulting children

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 27, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m reading Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn. It’s a terrific book. This story struck my funny bone so I thought I’d share it with you. Each day an elderly man endured the insults of a crowd of ten-year-olds as they passed his house on their way […]

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Intervention design – an example

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 16, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I’m always on the lookout for intervention design examples and I found one last week I think you’ll like. But before I describe it, remember what we mean by an intervention: a discrete action designed to improve the system but you can’t predict exactly how things are going to turn out. It’s not a project […]

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