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Why aren’t we telling stories in business?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —January 20, 2015
Filed in Business storytelling

There are many reasons why stories are not used in business settings. One of the reasons is that every story we tell reveals something about our character, and we tend to be very protective of our character. Another reason is an unwillingness to give out any personal information. Turn what you say into a story […]

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Business storytelling training in The Netherlands

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 25, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership

I visited Amsterdam in early April and met Paul Joosten and Ronald van Domberg. Both fabulous facilitators and both working in the story field. Within a few months they had become Partners in delivering the Storytelling for Leaders program and had completed their accreditation. While many programs in The Netherlands are delivered in English, there […]

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Making strategies stick – tackling anti-stories Part 2

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 6, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

At Anecdote, much of our work is focused on making strategies stick by converting them into understandable, memorable and influential stories. We often discover entrenched views that worked against the new strategy. These ‘anti-stories’ must be identified and tackled to give your strategy a chance of succeeding. This is our second post in a series […]

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Acts of leadership humanity: putting staff first

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 31, 2014
Filed in Leadership

This post is part of our series on Leadership Humanity. In 2010 I was working with a law firm in Sydney to help launch their new values. One of the values is Respect. At the launch event we collected stories about Respect: some bad, many good. One of the senior partners related an experience from […]

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Making strategies stick – how to tackle anti-stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 16, 2014
Filed in Business storytelling

In 2009, three Queensland government departments were merged into one mega-department. Anecdote was working with the senior leadership team to communicate their new strategy and help make it stick. A key aspect of the new strategy was to integrate the previously separate departments into a single, unified team. When we spoke to staff about integration, […]

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Acts of leadership humanity – mistakes are not always failures

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

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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Expanding our Storytelling for Leaders partner network

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 16, 2014
Filed in News

Last weekend I was in Copenhagen as part of the Persona Global annual conference. Much of the weekend was spent certifying six new Partners to deliver our Storytelling for Leaders™ program. We managed to work our way through a packed schedule and had a great time doing so. The expanding Storytelling for Leaders partner network […]

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2 inspiring examples of business leaders and storytellers

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 31, 2014
Filed in Leadership

A common question we are asked is ‘are there any examples of business leaders who are good storytellers’. Shawn wrote a post a while back with a list of nine good examples. I’d like to add two more to that list. In both circumstances, these leaders made clear and memorable business points by relating relevant […]

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New European Storytelling for Leaders Partners

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 8, 2014
Filed in News

On 19 and 20 June I was in London to run the accreditation program for a few of our new Storytelling for Leaders (TM) Partners. We had a fun time together and its always a pleasure working with great people. Working with experienced and professional facilitators and storytellers meant I learned lots as well. Many thanks […]

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The world is flat

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 30, 2014
Filed in Fun

The opening paragraph of Tom Friedman‘s 2005 book ‘The World is Flat‘ is: No one ever gave me directions like this on a golf course before: “Aim at either Microsoft or IBM.” I was standing on the first tee at the KGA Golf Club in downtown Bangalore, in Southern India, when my playing partner pointed […]

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