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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.

Discovering your strategy with a business strategy story

Companies often mistake planning for strategy. This seems to be particularly true of large organisations. A few years back, we got a call from a large company headquartered in the Netherlands. Their head of strategy felt that their people didn’t understand the company strategy – a common concern across most big businesses. The strategy group consisted of 20 people, which is a lot by any measure. When I asked them to describe their strategy, they could spell out initiatives but were unable to put their fingers on the strategic choices the business had made to win. Continue reading

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How to pull a strategy together with a story

Share60 Tweet +11 ShareShares 61This 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 … Continue reading

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Why story telling beats fact telling every time

Share43 Tweet +12 ShareShares 45This 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 … Continue reading

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5 things that will make your company strategy stick

Share95 Tweet +17 Share17Shares 119This 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 … Continue reading

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How to respond to misinformation that’s hurting your business

Share34 Tweet +13 Share6Shares 43This 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 … Continue reading

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

Share103 Tweet +12 ShareShares 105This 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 … Continue reading

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Ways to strengthen your collaboration culture

Share46 Tweet +15 Share3Shares 54This 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 … Continue reading

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Do you have the right collaborative culture?

Share78 Tweet +11 ShareShares 79This 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 … Continue reading

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How can you collaborate more successfully?

Share34 Tweet +11 ShareShares 35This 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. … Continue reading

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

Share22 Tweet +17 Share5Shares 34This 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 … Continue reading

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