Building credibility at ANZ Bank – leaders must tell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 19, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

I had the pleasure of meeting Anne Weatherston, the CIO of ANZ bank, today. She spoke at a business lunch about their new strategy and some of the important decisions her leadership group is making to support the bank’s focus on Asia. To get the support of the business Anne felt that her technology group […]

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Story Quote of the Week

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —September 14, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

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5 tips to pick a high-quality coach, mentor or teacher

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —September 6, 2012
Filed in Communication

I started to read Daniel Coyle’s latest book: The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for improving your skills on the commute to work this morning, and it’s fascinating.   I really enjoyed Coyle’s previous book The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How. The book was all about answering the question; “how […]

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The Origins Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference 2012

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 30, 2012
Filed in News

Why not join us at The Origins Asia Pacific Business Narrative Conference in Bangkok 4-5 October 2012. Register here http://origins2012.eventbrite.com/

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Company strategies: the missing ingredient

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —August 8, 2012
Filed in Strategy

We’re privileged at Anecdote to see many company strategies. Interestingly, the sizes and shapes of these strategies don’t necessarily correlate with the sizes and shapes of the organisations that created them. We’ve seen some of the biggest companies in the world struggle to put their fingers on what a strategy is, and we’ve seen some […]

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Understanding the reason why

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —August 8, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Fun

An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish. “How long it took you to catch them?” The American asked. “Only […]

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Influencing change with the natural power of stories workshop – Auckland, NZ

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —August 2, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, News

We’re excited to announce that Kevin is coming to Auckland to run our ‘Influencing change with the natural power of stories’ workshop on the 1st November. We have so many followers and Anecdotally subscribers from New Zealand, we thought it was about time we made a return visit to Auckland to showcase our approach to […]

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The power of plain language when communicating strategy

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —August 1, 2012
Filed in Communication, Leadership

Most leaders really struggle to use plain language, especially when it comes to communicating something like strategy. Here at Anecdote we specialise in oral storytelling, and we see this every time we work with a group of leaders in helping them tell their strategic story, or when using stories to build employee engagement or when […]

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Out of Focus: The story of how Kodak lost its direction

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 30, 2012
Filed in News

I was sent a copy of this book by its author John Larish. It had immediate interest for me because in the early 90s I ran a photo library with my dear friend Peter Fox and we were actively digitising our collection using Kodak technology. They were at the forefront of the photographic industry back […]

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When not to tell a detailed, emotional and human story

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —July 18, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Suicide ranks as the 10th leading cause of death globally. *1 On top of well-established risk factors for suicide (e.g. depression, previous suicide attempts, negative life events, socio-economic disadvantage), there is considerable evidence that the way the media reports on the suicide can significantly impact on the number of subsequent ‘copycat’ suicides. The occurrence of […]

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