Daryl Conner

July 31, 2012

The Importance of Contracting

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When professional facilitators of change use the term “contracting,” they aren’t referencing a legally binding document. Instead, the word describes the process used when two or more people reach agreement on their expectations about a situation, and each other, in a serious manner…that is, pursued carefully and reinforced by consequences. In this post, I outline the basic principles involved.

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July 24, 2012

Physician, Heal Thyself

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In this series, we’re facing the ugly truth that we have inadvertently contributed to the dismal 70% failure rate of change initiatives. In this final post, I take a hard look at what role we have played, and what we can do about reversing it.

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July 17, 2012

Looking in the Mirror for Answers to the 70/30 Question

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Studies show that the change facilitation profession has had little positive impact on the overall initiative failure/success ratio during the last decade. (It stands at 70/30.) This is a real problem, and the fact that we don’t talk about it makes it worse. Why aren’t we talking about our failure to have an aggregate impact on an organization’s chances for change success? In this post, I describe a few factors.

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July 12, 2012

The Dirty Little Secret Behind the 70% Failure Rate of Change Projects

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Change practitioners have some culpability for the atrocious 70% failure rate of change initiatives. The fact that we haven’t acknowledged any responsibility for the problem to our clients makes it a secret. The fact that we don’t even talk to each other about it makes it a dirty little secret. In this series, I offer my perspective on why we have been reluctant to address this issue, as well as some suggestions about how we can take more individual responsibility in examining our collective track record.

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July 3, 2012

Change Thinking has Changed!

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The work is complete on our refresh of the blog. Now you can easily locate frameworks and processes, downloadable tools, posts on how to succeed with ongoing change, and more. In addition to the reorganization of post content, the blog now includes more background and resources related to my thoughts around change. I hope you will come take a look around.

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