Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

Humanity at work

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 17, 2010
Filed in Leadership

Last night I started reading Immunity to Change by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. I highlighted a phrase in the introduction that really stood out for me. This morning I was looking through my notebook and came across notes from a conversation I had with Shawn on 19 March this year after he had read […]

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10 Mindsets of Great Mentors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 7, 2010
Filed in Leadership

Last month Bob Sutton wrote a post listing the important mindsets of a good manager. It got me thinking about the important mindsets for a good mentor. Here’s my top 10. You really care about the person you’re mentoring. You want them to succeed. You’re curious and intensely interested in them as a person You’re […]

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Leadership Storytelling – 20 minute podcast

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 2, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership

Are you tired of reading blog posts? For a change how about just listening about storytelling? Makes sense really. I recorded this podcast for a group of executives in New York and thought you might also enjoy it. It describes why I think storytelling is an important leadership skills, why stories have impact, provides a […]

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Company Command

Posted by  Mark Schenk —May 4, 2010
Filed in Collaboration, Leadership

What if a single warrior could have the knowledge of thousands? In the late 1990s, Nate Allen and Tony Burgess (both US Army Captains) sat on their back porches in Hawaii and swapped stories about their experiences as company commanders and pondered the question above. They had a vision about connecting all company commanders in […]

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A beautifully told strategic story from ASICS

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 21, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

Every company wants to tell a compelling strategic story that conveys the essence of what they’re about. If it’s a success their customers and employees will know where they have come from and where they are going and what makes them unique and worthwhile. And with this knowledge they become attracted to what they are […]

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It’s how you recover when things fail that counts

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 26, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication, Leadership

Since we started Anecdote in 2004 our local Kwik Kopy in Coburg has printed most of our posters and workshop materials. Kelvin does a great job. Always high quality, delivered when we need it despite the outrageous time frames we sometimes impose. That was the case up until this Wednesday. We’d created a high quality […]

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Strategy alignment and execution consultants: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney Australia

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 24, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

Anecdote helps you harness the natural power of stories to bring your strategy to life. We help you tell your strategic story and then engage your employees in the strategic process so everyone has a hand in creating it. The result is a strategy everyone understands in concrete, specific terms where the level of commitment […]

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Leaders should tell a story to explain why

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 11, 2010
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

On a recent trip to Canberra I was lining up to board the plane. Behind me was a young family. Their young son, probably four or five, was quizzing his dad. The boy said: “Why are we in the line?” “Because we are getting on the plane,” his dad replied. “Why are we getting on […]

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Three ways to make your strategy stick

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 7, 2010
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

In my hands is a corporate strategy. It’s a glossy six-page document designed for every employee to memorise and enact. There are seven themes each with three sub-themes. There are also seven values. All the information is presented as dot points well set out with lots of white space for easy reading. Sadly this strategy […]

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Rules are for the guidance of the wise

Posted by  Mark Schenk —November 25, 2009
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication, Leadership

This morning, Shawn and I compared recent airline lounge experiences. Mine went a like this On Monday morning I took my Mum to the airport for her flight back to Melbourne. We arrived at about 9.15 am – the airport was as quiet as I have seen it. We had 30 minutes before the flight […]

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