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Acts of leadership humanity – mistakes are not always failures

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 14, 2014
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership Posts

Shawn’s post last week got us sharing some of the great examples of small acts of leadership that demonstrate humanity and which make a difference. We will share some of these in the coming weeks. This is an example I heard last week while running a business storytelling session in Queensland. Back in the 1990s, […]

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Whodunnit? Using names in business storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 22, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

Stories have incredible natural power and they help us to have impact and be heard over the bombardment of information people receive every day. So, what is it that holds people back from using more examples in business? One of the reasons is our reluctance to name individuals. Instead of talking about Mary, an accounts […]

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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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Keeping richness in our decision making

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807–73) was a Swiss-born American zoologist and geologist who taught at Harvard. Imagine that you went to Louis Agassiz’s laboratory at Harvard as a student. Agassiz would place a small tin pan in front of you with a small fish and utter the stern requirement that you “should study it, but […]

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Relationships create resilience

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I remember a great story told by Margaret Wheatley about how the US Federal Aviation Authority successfully landed all the planes in US airspace on September 11. I was searching around for it today and found it. Here is it: On September 11th, as we all know, every plane was grounded. It took four hours […]

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Finding the right expertise using your networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 10, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap tell the story of how Jack Hanley, the CEO of Monsanto, hired Howard Schneiderman, the Dean of Biological Sciences at the University of California, to head up Monsanto’s new life sciences business. As part of the job interview Hanley asked a question which was deliberately outside Schneiderman’s area of expertise: […]

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