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Telling Stories Puts Our Brains in Sync

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 1, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

Greg Stephens, Lauren Silbert and Uri Hasson are Princeton University neuroscientists who in 2010 conducted a series of experiments showing that an audience’s brains light …

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More thoughts on why we retell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 13, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

The following few paragraphs are part of an exercise I’m doing with Madelyn Blair. We’re writing an Essay in Two Voices, a format invented by …

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Some initial thoughts on why we retell stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 29, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling, Communication

As soon as I walked into our office I wanted to tell Kevin the story Hugh Grant told on Graham Norton’s talk show last night. …

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In communicating your strategy what do your projects say?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 23, 2012
Filed in Communication, Strategy

What’s more important, what we say or what we do? I think we all know that our actions reveal what’s really important. Actions speak louder …

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KM Australia 2012

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 3, 2012
Filed in News

I’m presenting our story work at KM Australia this year (24-26 July) and I’ll also be taking part in the debate, which has been organised …

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An open letter to Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 10, 2012
Filed in Business storytelling

Dear Ginni, Congratulations on your appointment as IBM’s CEO. I’m looking forward to seeing how the company changes under your wise guidence. I’m writing this …

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A simple test for your strategic initiatives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2012
Filed in Strategy

Richard Rummelt, in Good Strategy / Bad Strategy, opened my eyes to a simple test to help you see if you have effective strategic initiatives. …

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Kerenza and Chris and the new Anecdote Keep Cup

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 20, 2011
Filed in Fun

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5 things that happen when you know your company’s strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 1, 2011
Filed in Leadership Posts, Strategy

You can only act strategically, day in, day out, if you know your company’s strategy. Here are five things that happen when you really do …

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Making the most of story-work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Employee Engagement, Strategy

In using story-work to build a brand, engage employees, or for one of its many other purposes, organisations nearly always focus on storytelling. The meme …

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