Daryl Conner

April 27, 2010

Being for One Thing Is Fine Unless You’re Also Against Everything Else

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I started writing this blog only five months ago. After 27 postings, I hope my readers have an idea of what to expect. Basically, the blog is geared for experienced change agents who don’t think they have all the answers. It’s for seasoned practitioners who have similar feelings about their profession:

* They are highly skilled but are more uncomfortable with how little they know than they are impressed by their accomplishments.
* They are more attracted to their remaining questions than their unquestioned answers.
* They create value for those they serve, but know deep down there is much more to learn—about transformational change and about providing greater benefits to their clients—and they are committed to exploring these gaps as humble students.
* They have much to say, but are eager to be part of, listen to, and be influenced by, a community whose collective wisdom is powerful.

With this as the intended readership profile, I’ve brought forward challenges that are familiar to me, which I think other practitioners can relate to as well. The readership has grown steadily and you’ve told me to keep it up. That has been heartwarming; I really appreciate it.
But There’s Something More

We’ve reached a point in the blog’s development where I’d like to say a bit more about my agenda in writing it. I have another layer of purpose, and, once I tell you about it, we’ll be able to draw additional implications from future postings.

Maybe the best way to introduce this new perspective to the blog is to take a cue from members of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the way they introduce themselves at their meetings. Along with their name, they declare a reminder to themselves and others of what they are confronting in their lives.

So, my version of the AA introduction is…Hi. My name is Daryl Conner and I’m a methodology bigot.

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April 13, 2010

How Much Is a Trusted Advisor Worth?

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We’ve been talking in this series about becoming trusted advisors to our sponsors. An important exchange takes place between sponsors and practitioners when advanced trust is explored. We want to earn trusted advisor status, but sponsors want to be sure they grant this rare level of confidence to someone who is truly worthy. In effect, we want to purchase (earn) the sponsor’s trust while they want to sell (grant) it only if paid the right price. What sponsors want in exchange for their trust is to be “paid’ with the proper currency. There are several types of currencies

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April 7, 2010

Are You a Trusted Advisor?

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In my last post, I wrote that the highest level of partner relationships is that of trusted advisor. In this post, I’d like to break down some of the terms and frames of reference related to the trusted advisor role. I’m sure you have your own views on these issues and I hope you’ll share them with us.

First, I’ll offer a definition that works for me:

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