Posts Tagged ‘Problem solving’

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054 – Looking upstream for causes of downstream problems

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 12, 2020
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

Shawn and Mark consider the role of parables in business storytelling, sharing an example which highlights the need to tackle issues at their source. We’re changing things up this week, with Shawn sharing a parable instead of a story. The parable features in Dan Heath’s upcoming book, Upstream, and suggests we should tackle issues at […]

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051 – Miners find gold in data mullock

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 12, 2019
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

In our second to last episode for 2019, we share a story that illustrates the importance of diversity of thought and suggests we shouldn’t work in silos. This week, we’re sharing a story that we often use in our workshops. The story follows Rob McEwen during his time working as CEO at Goldcorp Inc. Rob […]

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045 – Old oak forester beams

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 19, 2019
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Podcast

Some 100 years ago, Oxford’s New College faced a crisis. This crisis had been foreseen by the college’s founders, who implemented a plan to be fulfilled 500 years in the future. In this episode, it’s Shawn’s turn to share a historical story. He recounts a crisis faced by Oxford’s New College about 100 years ago.  […]

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036 – The way to a rioter’s heart

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 5, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

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 another story. The story demonstrates how small things can make a […]

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032 – Dyson innovation really sucks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 30, 2018
Filed in Business storytelling, Podcast

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. Most of us know the Dyson brand. Their vacuum cleaners, […]

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