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3 reasons why certain stories really resonate

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 24, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

This week I’ve been at the Middle East Leadership Communication Conference in Abu Dhabi. I ran a Storytelling for Leaders workshop and gave a keynote on strategic stories. In the workshop I asked the participants to think of a good leader and share a story that illustrates why you think they’re outstanding. One participant shared […]

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Changing a keystone habit – the story of Alcoa

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 16, 2013
Filed in Business storytelling

Sometimes the best way to affect large-scale change is to focus on changing one important habit, what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit. Here is the story of Alcoa’s transformation. One October day in 1987, the new CEO of the Aluminum Company of America, or Alcoa, took to the stage of a ballroom in a […]

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Dynamic tension and team success

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 22, 2013
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership Posts

Earlier this week Shawn sent me an email. “You must see Steve Jobs: The Lost interview. It’s available on iTunes” (its the movie, not the radio show). So, naturally I downloaded it and am halfway through it. It’s riveting. Jobs answers nearly every question with a story. When the interviewer talks about developing the first […]

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Employee engagement – good intentions are not enough

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 17, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, Employee Engagement, Leadership Posts

My engineering friends would say it like this … good intentions are a necessary but insufficient condition for success. In my working life I have only ever met a handful of people who deliberately set out to humiliate, disempower, demotivate or otherwise disengage staff. Yet these are exactly the effects that many managers/leaders have. How […]

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Fired up and ready to go

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 13, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

I was in Singapore last week helping a group of leaders learn how to find and tell their own stories. No templates, no recipes, just helping them become mindful of their own stories and showing that storytelling is a visual practice. Don’t try and remember the words of a story, remember the pictures. Like many […]

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Finding and amplifying a sense of direction—directional stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 1, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

This week I have been talking to people about foundational stories and how they are important for reinforcing the core vales and direction for everyone in the organisation. HP has a well know foundation story about Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard starting their little electronics company in a garage with a measly $500. Within this […]

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Anecdotes: transcribed or documented

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 23, 2005
Filed in Anecdotes

Obviously anecdotes play a key role in our work. We use these real life business stories to help people see patterns that typically remain hidden using traditional techniques. Recent projects include topics like staff morale, client satisfaction, occupation health and safety and staff work load. Unlike using interviews and surveys you tend to hear what is really […]

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