Archive for the ‘Business storytelling’ Category

Workshops in 2009

Posted by  chandni —November 11, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Events

If creating a great place to work is on your agenda or you need to get people on board, here’s what might help you put a plan in place or get your team ready: Find and tell great stories Create opportunities for people to collaborate Use stories to deliver meaningful change and engagement Check out our […]

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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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The behaviour of networks

Posted by  chandni —November 5, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

Here’s a great ABC documentary on Network Theory: How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer. It illustrates the six degrees of separation phenomenon using the idea of synchronization, the paradox of small worlds, bacon numbers – a game showing how every hollywood actor is linked to Kevin Bacon, the structure of the internet and its hubs, how […]

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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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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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Values in action stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 7, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Most organisations have a set of values statements. Many of these do not reflect reality as displayed in the behaviours of people within the organisation. For example…’we value working collaboratively’ is displayed on the wall but people are told “do it my way or else” by managers; deriding other areas of the business is effectively […]

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Please elaborate

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 7, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Examples, especially in the form of stories, help us make sense of what someone is saying. This is partly because when we listen to an example we are using our natural pattern matching abilities (something our brain has evolved to excel in) to link the example with our own experience. We then adjust our understanding […]

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MLA London knowledge transfer project

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 6, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

MLA stands for Museums and Libraries Association and my friend Victoria Ward has recently finished a tremendous project using narrative techniques to help MLA London understand and enhance the way in which Museums and Libraries are used in London. The bonanza for narrative and knowledge practitioners is that the MLA and Sparknow (Victoria’s company) have […]

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In storytelling manipulative?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 3, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Here is my test for whether a skill is manipulative: “Would it lose its power if people knew exactly what you were doing and why?” If the answer is yes, if the technique loses its power in the light of day, then it’s manipulative and I don’t want any part of it. – David Maxfield […]

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