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Metaphors everywhere

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 12, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes

A couple of years ago I spoke at a BHP Billiton planning day. My talk was at the end of the day so I sat up the back and listened to all the other speakers. While listening I was struck by the language the BHP Billiton people used: “we need to turbo charge the process, […]

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Ask a gardner what she knows, in a garden

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 10, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Remembering experiences is heavily dependent on surroundings. I’m currently helping an energy company learn the lessons from retiring employees. I’m videoing their experiences with the view to facilitating sessions using the footage; it’s not really about capturing knowledge, just sparking new conversation based on what’s captured. My last subject was the company’s network controller. He’d […]

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Generation WE

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2008
Filed in Communication, Culture

Collaboration framework

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 2, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Organisations need simple ways to create a common understanding about what needs to be done. Our collaboration framework aims to provide two perspectives: the dashed oval represents the collaboration environment—the container that enables (or disables) collaboration within and between organisations; and a simple process reminding us that in business we must collaborate with a purpose, […]

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Narrative medicine

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 25, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Doctors can easily get into the pattern of treating their patients like a slab of meat to be fixed. Anyone who’s spent some time in hospitals have seen doctors waltz into the room, grab the chart from the end of the bed, mumble a few things to themselves, say a word or two to the […]

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Storytelling for Business Leaders – London

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 23, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Today we’ve set the date for our Storytelling for Business Leaders workshop to be held in London. I’m looking forward to this trip and catching up with all the good folk in that part of the world who have kept up an interest in our work here in Australia. Please drop me a note if […]

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One simple behaviour to improve collaboration

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 23, 2008
Filed in Collaboration, Culture

From talking with people who are trying to improve their collaboration capability, I’m detecting a scepticism with the practice of getting your team or community together to decide, up front, how they will behave and treat each other. The feeling seems to be, “we can spend time talking about our agreed behaviours but then something […]

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Money as debt

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 22, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I was amazed when I watched this presentation about the history of banking. I had no idea that banks could conjure money from nowhere and loan it to you. Thanks to Euan Semple for the link.

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Correction

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 22, 2008
Filed in News

Correction: In a blog post on the 19 July 2008 I incorrectly identified Lorenz Grollo for Daniel Grollo, Equiset for Grocon and Franco for Lorenzo. My apologies to those concerned.

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Ensure your collaborator has a strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 14, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

Collaboration is often hard and it takes time—time to build the relationships, time to clear up misunderstandings, time to listen and time to get things done. We do it because collaboration enables us to do bigger and better things. So in selecting a partner to collaborate with (this could be an individual or an organisation) […]

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