Daryl Conner

October 30, 2012

More on When and How to Apply the Provocateur’s Role

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Change practitioners who take on the provocateur’s role must be confrontational when necessary, willing to handle the deep emotions of change, and have tough conversations if called for.
In this final post of the series, I continue with my list of ten things that can inhibit change agents from engaging the provocateur’s stance. I also describe what to do about them.

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October 23, 2012

When and How to Apply the Provocateur’s Role

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Change practitioners must function as provocateurs when the need arises. If you’re not willing to do that, you’re failing to practice your craft. Either you don’t know enough about this profession to recognize what you are not doing, or you lack the courage to perform as you know you should. (If you think this is too harsh of an indictment, please refer to my last post.)
In this post, I highlight some of the things that tend to keep us from functioning as provocateurs when we should. I also address what we can do about them.

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October 16, 2012

Are You Properly Addressing the Really Sticky Issues?

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Professional change facilitators take on many roles: SME, educator, counselor, philosopher, etc. In my opinion, one that is among the most important in our profession, but not used nearly as much as it should be, is the role of provocateur. Unlike an “agitator” who intentionally stirs up trouble or a “pacifier” who seeks tranquility at all cost, the provocateur (as I’m using the term) focuses on helping clients recognize, acknowledge, and take action on the various “sticky issues” that inevitably arise when the status quo is disrupted. In this series, I describe the role and discuss how and when to apply it.

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October 9, 2012

Stemming the Tide of Victimization

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This is the final post in my series on victimization. The victimization syndrome can be compared to a virus that has infected not only clients, but our profession as well. Transformational change intensifies existing victimization and brings any latent tendencies to the surface. No one—advocates, agents, targets, or sponsors—is immune from its destructive power. In this post, I review some perspectives I’ve found helpful with clients, other practitioners, and myself as we all contend with our own vulnerability to victimization.

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October 2, 2012

Change Throws Gasoline on the Flames of Victimization

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In the two previous posts of this series on victimization, I wrote about the negative impact it can have on people and organizations. Here, I describe what happens when victimization surfaces during a change initiative, and the ways it effects our profession.

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