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Business Storytelling – the rookie error

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 12, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

What’s your reaction when someone, in a business context, says “let me tell you a story?” I often ask this question during our Storytelling for Leaders workshops. The responses follow a common set of themes including “I don’t have time for this” and “why am I listening to this?” But the most important response is […]

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Strategic accelerators

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 26, 2012
Filed in Leadership, Strategy

Hierarchies are great at running established organisations but they are notoriously slow in reacting to major changes. Its not really a problem when your strategy and environment are stable or only changing slowly. But its a big problem when things are changing rapidly and in many cases discontinuously. So, how can organisations effectively deliver their […]

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That’s how we do it

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 5, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes

We’ve all heard it. “That’s how we do things around here.” It brooks no argument and is a strong signal that changing the behaviour might be difficult. That is, of course, if you tackle the issue directly. An alternative might be to use this little story that was told by a taxi driver as I […]

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Strategic stories provide the gist

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 19, 2012
Filed in Strategy

People need the gist: the context, the big picture, the why, before the details become important or meaningful. Read this piece of text from Drew Westen’s book ‘The Political Brain’.(1) The procedure is actually quite simple. First you arrange things into different groups. Of course, one pile may be sufficient depending on how much there […]

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Similar cultures separated by a common language

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 16, 2012
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun, News

I’ve been in San Diego for the past three days – mainly holiday but with two speaking engagements for the annual leadership get-together for Sharp HealthCare. Its one of my biggest ever gigs with over 700 people present for each of the days. At lunch yesterday with some of the folks at Sharp, one of […]

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May your festive season be filled with stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —December 22, 2011
Filed in Anecdotes, News

From a story perspective, Christmas is a prolific time of year. As we gather with friends and families we recall the memories of the past and create new stories as presents are unwrapped, as turkeys emerge from the oven (or the Weber BBQ in the Schenk household), as Dads relive past triumphs with a half-century […]

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Strategic stories – tackling the anti-stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 19, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

We have been helping organisations transform their strategies into concrete and memorable narratives for quite a few years now. In every organisation we’ve worked with – no exceptions – there have been powerful stories already circulating in the organisation that run counter to the new strategy. In most cases, these stories have been strong enough […]

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The tough side of business storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 23, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

Steve Jobs introduced iCloud at Apple’s WorldWide Developers Conference in June 2011 . iCloud is Apple’s ‘next big thing’. After explaining the iCloud concept, Steve says, “Now, you might ask ‘why should I believe them – they’re the ones that brought me MobileMe?’” The audience laughs uproariously. Everyone in the audience knows that MobileMe is […]

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Story quote of the week

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 2, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling

What is collaboration?

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 7, 2011
Filed in Collaboration

This question pops up regularly. Shawn blogged about the differences between collaboration and cooperation here and here. The Economist Intelligence Unit provide a paper here describing the difference between collaboration, coordination and cooperation, using trust as one of the key differentiators. Yesterday, I came across this excellent short video from Phil Culhane of the Collaboration […]

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