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About Shawn Callahan

Shawn is a pioneer in the application of story methods to business and has helped some of the world’s top companies, including IBM, Shell, AMP and KPMG, to inspire lasting change and make sure their company values really stick. He regularly publishes his world-leading ideas on anecdote.com.au, one of Australia’s most visited blogs.

How to pull a strategy together with a story

This post is by Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. Last week I flew to Vienna to help a pharmaceutical company develop their strategy. It was a two day … Continue reading

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Why story telling beats fact telling every time

This post is by Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. I’m just reading the Art of Explanation by Lee LeFever. I’m at the chapter on storytelling and LeFever opens with two … Continue reading

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5 things that will make your company strategy stick

This post is by Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. The nature of the successful strategy is changing. Today, a company’s success depends in large part on how deeply … Continue reading

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How to respond to misinformation that’s hurting your business

This post is by Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. I like to ask senior executives this simple question: is there a story going around your company that’s causing … Continue reading

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

This is a guest post from Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. To paraphrase Annette Simmons, “People wont listen to you until they know who you are and what … Continue reading

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Ways to strengthen your collaboration culture

This is a guest post from Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. Collaboration is a skill and set of practices we are rarely taught. It’s something we learn on … Continue reading

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Do you have the right collaborative culture?

This is a guest post from Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. Does your organisation have a culture that works for the team, community and network types of collaboration? … Continue reading

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How can you collaborate more successfully?

This is a guest post from Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. Today we face an entirely new environment for innovation and getting things done. The days of the … Continue reading

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Of the 3 types of collaboration, which type do you need?

This is a guest post from Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. Think back to a meeting when you had a handful of people gathered around a whiteboard and … Continue reading

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The power of plain language when communicating strategy

This is a guest post from Shawn Callahan – Founder of Anecdote, a management consulting firm that uses its expertise in story to inspire enduring change. Most leaders really struggle to use plain language, especially when it comes to communicating something like strategy. … Continue reading

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