Archive for the ‘Business storytelling’ Category

Matt Moore facilitates a discussion on story work with Madelyn Blair and me

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 2, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

This morning Madelyn and I met Matt Moore on Skype to chat about story work. Matt’s a fast worker and has already posted the podcast. Here are the show notes: 00:00 – Introductions: Madelyn & Shawn’s first introduction to storywork. 04:00 – Stories that stick in your mind: Madelyn’s story of the Swedish ambassador, the […]

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Immediate feedback in the moment

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 2, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Employee Engagement

The best way to learn a practical skill is to receive immediate, helpful feedback while you are performing the task. I was reminded of this fact this morning at our junior basketball competition. Next to each referee was an apprentice referee in a green shirt, whistle in mouth ready to make the call. They get […]

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Employee engagement interest in storytelling

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 30, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

A few weeks back, Alex Manchester from Melcrum interviewed me on various issues around storytelling. He approached me following the large amount of interest in storytelling shown at the Employee Engagement conference in late May. The interview is available as a podcast if you are interested. The use of narrative for exploring issues around employee […]

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Guide to anecdote circles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 27, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, News

I’ve just realised that our Guide to Anecdote Circles has been kind of hidden on our website so I have popped a copy of the guide in the Whitepapers section of the site. Update: Jenny Murray just pointed out to me that I put a draft version up in the first instance and this note […]

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Indexing books with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 19, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I’ve started a new practice of jotting down, inside the front cover of a book, the anecdotes it contains. It seems to work best for modern business books that have a liberal smattering of stories throughout. It is a useful practice because, like most people, I can remember a story much better that facts and […]

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Storytelling and leadership

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

It’s obvious to most people that good leaders are good storytellers. Stories help inspire action because they transport the listener to experience the events recounted in the story in a way that conveys emotion, context and a picture of what happened, and why is happened. We remember these stories. They help change our minds and […]

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Building your analogy repertoire

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 30, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Collaboration

Collaborative conversations are characterised by people building on each other’s ideas, one idea sparking another. I saw a good example last week while helping a group design some small interventions they could experiment with in their organisation to improve communications. The conversation went something like this: “We could do a 10 minute spot at the […]

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I know what you are thinking stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 26, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Many business audiences like to hear stories that are directly relevant. So if you are a civil engineer, for example, it’s likely you’re not that interested in stories about electrical engineers. But sometimes (actually quite often in the case of innovation) there are great lessons to be learned from another discipline. In these cases it […]

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Women’s memories are more speech-filled than men’s

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 24, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Contrary to popular belief, new research is showing that woman don’t talk more than men (see here and here). They do, however, recall more of what was said than blokes when asked to recount their experiences. We must have plenty of examples or these verbatim recollections in the stories we’ve collected over the years. Richard […]

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Lessons from Lewis & Clark—a new white paper is coming

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 15, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling, Culture

David Drake and I have written a new white paper describing a narrative approach to successful organisational change. We’ve built on our three journeys metaphor, which you might remember was inspired by the epic exploration of the the US West by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Apart from describing the three journeys we’ve drawn a […]

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