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Kurt Vonnegut had some great things to say about patterns that are relevant in business

I found something wonderfully useful this week that I wanted to share with you. Revered American writer Kurt Vonnegut penned these seven storytelling tips that reinforce not only what a wonderful writer he was but also that it is possible to communicate complex ideas while remaining deceptively simple. As a structured thinking …
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Sometimes three stories are better than one

Getting out-of-cycle funding for new projects can be difficult, particularly if – even though mandatory – they won’t immediately add to your bottom line. Elizabeth, a project manager with a large Australian finance house, recently proved how fully understanding each of your gatekeeper’s concerns and pitching them individually at their …
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Engaging Multiple Audiences: The Tale of Two Stories

We often help clients engage multiple audiences around the same set of ideas. I recently helped the head of strategy for a large industrials client to complete a strategic review. To get sign off on the strategy, he needed to package his findings for two audiences with different levels of …
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4 ideas to make structured thinking stick

Structured thinking techniques are powerful for those who need clarity in their problem solving and cut through in their communication. They help confirm the precise nature of the problem you are solving and provide a framework to map and manage the work that needs to be done to solve that …
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