Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category

A simple explanation of the Cynefin Framework

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2009
Filed in Leadership

A while back I created a sketchcast of how I explain the Cynefin Framework and it became a popular sketch. Unfortunately Sketchcast went out of business and I lost my sketch so last night I recreated it and popped it up on YouTube. This model was first published by Kurtz, Cynthia & Snowden, David, 2003, ‘The […]

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How to tell a story about yourself without sounding like an ego-maniac

To paraphrase Annette Simmons, “People won’t listen to you until they know who you are and what you want.” And one of the best ways to introduce yourself and answer these two questions is to tell a story that reveals something about your character and experience. The challenge for many people, however, is to find […]

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A leader’s role to trigger stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2009
Filed in Business storytelling, Leadership, Strategy

Yesterday I popped out for a meeting at the National Australia Bank. They have a new CEO, Cameron Clyne, and last week he announced a restructure that has substantially flattened the organisation. While the restructure has been the topic of lots of conversations and stories inside and outside the bank, Cameron has done two other […]

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What is the leader’s role?

Posted by  chandni —November 24, 2008
Filed in Leadership

I was reading a presentation on collaborative behaviours in nursing and came across this great quote. “The most critical aspect of leadership is the desire and passion to lead, the capacity to deeply reflect on and learn from leadership activities, a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone, and the ability to build and […]

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Social media demands honesty

Posted by  Mark Schenk —September 12, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

I spent a fair bit of Thursday at the Melcrum Strategic Communications Summit in Sydney, where one of our clients was presenting on the use of narrative in their manager development program, exploring their OCI results and embedding their new corporate values. One of the other speakers told how their CEO started blogging internally (at […]

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The pond metaphor

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 5, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

Here is something I have meant to post about for a while. It is a metaphor in the book ‘Dangerous Undertaking‘ by James Harlow Brown. Shawn has previously blogged about the extensive use of metaphor in the book. The metaphor is in a story about a NASA engineer who discovered something that took him off […]

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Internal blogging builds trust in leadership

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 15, 2008
Filed in Leadership

In a blog post of 9 June over on The Melcrum Blog, Abi Signorelli describes how leaders in her organisation were blogging internally and how trust in the leadership has increased tremendously as a result. Apparently some of them are even twittering. We posted previously about the contribution of internal blogging to organisational culture change. […]

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Thoughts to actions

Posted by  chandni —January 14, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Leadership

The best thing we could do for ourselves is reflect on the way we think. I read that in a book once (as a wisdom tip!) Our thoughts affect the way we feel about something (emotions) and the way we react to situations (our behavior) and that chain reaction determines the outcome (results). At Anecdote, […]

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Most Significant Change – a primer

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 19, 2007
Filed in Communication, Leadership

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” When Einstein uttered these words little did he know that he was stating the case for techniques like Most Significant Change (MSC). MSC is a simple process for helping senior decision-makers develop a gut feel for what an initiative has […]

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Leaders blogging

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 5, 2007
Filed in Leadership, News

I’m starting to see more leaders blogging. While working for a construction company at the moment I discovered that one of their general managers is posting a video to the division’s blog every month. This is not a highly produced effort. More like a 6 minute talking head with a hand held handy cam. By […]

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