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Not so Newcomer

Posted by  Robyn —June 29, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Insight

Well, Daryl’s arrival on the scene at Anecdote has really put the pressure on me now he has published his maiden blog post. Here I’ve …

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John F. Kennedy and the French Revolution

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 16, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

I heard this anecdote last week. John Kennedy was meeting the Premier of China and during some initial small talk Kennedy asked the Premier what …

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The little things that give you insight into the culture

Posted by  Mark Schenk —June 16, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

The anecdote below, told by a participant in a recent workshop, really made me stop and think. There are lots of lessons it, not least …

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Finding and amplifying a sense of direction—directional stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 1, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication

This week I have been talking to people about foundational stories and how they are important for reinforcing the core vales and direction for everyone …

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How Gehry designs—the full story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 22, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

On the recommendation of Johnnie Moore, I read A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman. I was really looking forward to this book …

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A sensemaking story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 16, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Here’s an interesting story Bob Sutton recently received from a US Marine in relation to his excellent book, The No Asshole Rule. It’s a terrific …

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The story of a map – Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 NYC Subway Map

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 14, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Imagine if you could get people to talk on camera about their achievements and mistakes. The result could be a powerful, especially if you use …

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The story of the old man and the insulting children

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 27, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Fun

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m reading Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn. It’s a terrific book. This story struck my funny …

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Lessons learning: using stories to share understanding

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 8, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

This morning (Happy Easter!) I started writing a paper on a narrative approach to lessons learning. I’m at the point of gathering my thoughts and …

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Anecdote circles don’t work for everyone

Posted by  Mark Schenk —April 6, 2007
Filed in Anecdotes

Occasionally, anecdote circles don’t work. Sometimes, people don’t get a lot out of them. In the feedback session for the leadership program mentioned on Wednesday …

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