204 episodes

Welcome to our podcast, Anecdotally Speaking. Each week we tell a business story, talk about why it works and discuss where you might tell it at work. Our aim is to help you build your story repertoire.

Anecdotally Speaking Shawn Callahan & Mark Schenk

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 42 Ratings

Welcome to our podcast, Anecdotally Speaking. Each week we tell a business story, talk about why it works and discuss where you might tell it at work. Our aim is to help you build your story repertoire.

    202 – Efficiency versus cost cutting

    202 – Efficiency versus cost cutting

    Reducing waste increases the efficiency of raw material use. But can we all agree that scraping mould off food product prior to packaging may be a little beyond the pale?



    Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: understanding the difference between efficiency and cost cutting, short 'single point' storytelling, the retelling factor in stories with disgust, and the importance of avoiding abstraction in your stories.

    • 15 min
    201 – Governance and accountability lose their Barings

    201 – Governance and accountability lose their Barings

    A governance and accountability story. Welcome to the Anecdotally Speaking podcast!

    Visit our website for more captivating stories and business insights!

    https://www.anecdote.com/



    In this episode, our hosts Shawn Callahan and Mark Schenk kick off the 2024 season of the show!

    The episode features a cautionary story about Nick Leeson, an infamous investment trader for the Queen’s bank (Barings) who traded them into bankruptcy.

    Expect to learn:



    * The devastating story leading to the bankruptcy of England’s oldest investment bank

    * The importance of governance and accountability

    * The impact of high risk investment trading

    * The vital difference between talent and luck



    And…much more!

    Links and References: 



    Nick Leeson story 

    Shawn Callahan on LinkedIn 

    Mark Schenk on LinkedIn 



    Come say hi on our social Medias! 



    LinkedIn Page 

    Instagram 

    Twitter 

    Facebook



    Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash

    For your story bank

    Tags: governance, internal control, trust, accountability, trader, bankruptcy

    This story starts at 04:09 and ends at 10:39



    This business story is centred around the downfall of Barings Bank in the 1990s. The bank’s Singapore office, led by the young and successful Nick Leeson, initially thrived with a doubling strategy, turning profits. However, Leeson’s high-risk trades led to substantial losses hidden in an obscure account. The lack of oversight and accountability within the bank’s governance allowed the losses to accumulate, ultimately resulting in the bank’s bankruptcy in February 1995.

    The takeaways from this story include: the importance of governance, trust, accountability, and the fine line between talent and luck in the financial world.

    • 24 min
    200 – Weber BBQ Australian Success

    200 – Weber BBQ Australian Success

    Welcome to the Anecdotally Speaking podcast!

    Visit our website for more captivating stories and business insights!

    https://www.anecdote.com/



    In this episode, our hosts Shawn Callahan and Mark Schenk celebrate the 200th episode of the show!

    The episode features an inspiring story about Ross McDonald, a former accountant who found unexpected success in the barbecue industry.

    Expect to learn:



    * The inspiring journey of the Weber Kettle Barbecue in Australia

    * The importance of customer experience

    * The impact of perspective on identifying opportunities

    * The vital role of curiosity in recognizing patterns for success



    And…much more!

    Links and References: 



    Ross McDonald story 

    Shawn Callahan on LinkedIn 

    Mark Schenk on LinkedIn 



    Come say hi on our social Medias! 



    LinkedIn Page 

    Instagram 

    Twitter 

    Facebook



    Photo by Harry Knight on Unsplash

    • 20 min
    199 – Approach to the south poles apart – Amundsen Scott

    199 – Approach to the south poles apart – Amundsen Scott

    Two explorers from the northern hemisphere set out to be the first to reach the South Pole – Roald Amundsen of Norway and Robert Falconer Scott of England. Their expedition planning, team, equipment and transport selections could not have been more different.

    Shawn and Mark discuss the relevance of this story to: corporate culture, knowing your limitations, hand picking your teams and the impact of clear, singular goals on success.



    Welcome back to a new Anecdotally Speaking episode.

    For your story bank

    Tags: workplace culture, know your limitations, teams, goal setting, planning

    This story starts at 01:25 and ends at 06:29



    Early 1900s – Race to reach the South pole

    Robert Falconer Scott UK v Roald Amundsen Norway

    Amundsen already traversed South West Passage

    Time among Inuit – dogs, skiis, clothing

    Scott naval officer – royal appointment

    Both commence missions early 1910

    Amundsen single focus > pole and back safely

    Planning food > eat penguins, then the sled dogs… eeuw!

    Amundsen encounters bad storm early – retreats and tries again later

    Amundsen reaches pole Dec 11 1914

    Not so well for Scott…

    Multiple objectives and ‘noble’ mission

    Ponies and motorised sleds – die and breakdown – party left to continue on foot

    Inadequate food supply

    Scott arrives at South Pole one month after Amundsen

    On Scott’s return, get to within 12 miles of supply depot, but…

    All die in their tents – exhaustion, frostbite, malnutrition

    Culture

    Know your limitations – learning via immersion

    Keep it simple

    Get the local knowledge

    Hand pick your team

    Clear, singular goal >

    Too many objectives/stakeholders is dangerous

    The importance of planning

    Disgust in this story – penguins, then dogs > horror

    • 17 min
    198 – Mayor in the monkey suit – Stuart Drummond

    198 – Mayor in the monkey suit – Stuart Drummond

    People from Hartlepool UK are known colloquially as ‘monkey hangers’ – a moniker that stems from the Napoleonic Wars of the 1800s. But this story is about a larrikin mascot in a monkey suit making mayor and breaking records…

    Shawn and Mark bring these disparate (but related) stories together to illustrate some business points around seizing the day, fact being stranger than fiction, and judging books by their covers.



    Welcome back to a new Anecdotally Speaking episode.

    For your story bank

    Tags: Risk taking, Leadership, Seize the day, Opportunity

    This story starts at 01:42 and ends at 07:48



    Napoleonic wars – French v British

    Ship Wreck Hartlepool

    Only survivors was a monkey

    Brits had never seen a monkey or Frenchman before (assumed monkey was french!)

    Tried and hanged the monkey as a French spy

    Hartlepool folks now known as ‘monkey hangers’ (based on legend?)

    Fast forward to the 1999

    Local Hartlepool footy club find monkey mascot in Stuart Drummond

    Bit naughty, but endearing

    Bribed township with bananas for votes

    For a lark, ran for mayor and won not once, but thrice

    A British record, world recognised

    Big turnaround for the larrikin

    Can’t judge a book by it’s cover

    An opportunity to lead might be just what/all that you need

    Fact is stranger than fiction

    Seize the day

    • 19 min
    197 – Atlanta Olympic swim 1996 – Kieren Perkins

    197 – Atlanta Olympic swim 1996 – Kieren Perkins

    Australian champion swimmer Kieren Perkins barely qualified for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and only just made the final for the 1500 metre event

    Shawn and Mark discuss how extraordinary ‘turn-arounds’, under promising and over delivering, and reduced expectations of self can sometimes lead to world class moments



    Welcome back to a new Anecdotally Speaking episode.

    For your story bank

    Tags: Kieren Perkins, adversity, turn-around, inspirational, under promise, over deliver

    This story starts at 01:03



    Kieren Perkins 1996 – Superfish

    Prep for Atlanta Olympics

    Daniel Kowalski ‘up and comer’ tipped for gold

    K’s form slumped personal and health problems. Past his prime, self-talk was pretty ‘has been’

    400 (world record holder)/800 metres didn’t qualify > only for 1500 m

    Scrapes heats into the 1500 m final

    Lane 8 – “same water as everyone else, give it a crack..”

    Increased his lead with every lap throughout race

    Led the whole race and won by 7 seconds and 20 metres

    ahead of second placegetter

    Things don’t always turn out the way you planned

    Adversity (and taking the pressure off) can inspire amazing performance

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Unhappy19792003 ,

Great Podcast

Shaun and Mark
Your Podcast is great and I have found it extremely beneficial in the areas of leadership, strategy and increasing influence. Thank you

AntiXistence ,

Great podcast - very good content BUT PLEASE .....

Love it guys. Great content.

Can you please however put a “De-Esser” filter layer over your sound to stop the excessive and ear piercing hissing when you say the letter S. :)
Keep it up !

GegeB Oz ,

Excellent podcast, useful and fun!

Recommend to anyone who enjoys great storytelling - with a purpose - and/or who wants to expand on their stories' repertoire.

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