Daryl Conner

April 30, 2013

Clients Like It When We Grow

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“Last week Peter Meyer wrote about why it makes sense to focus on ourselves as what our clients want to buy, as an important source of value. He suggested being self-ish. He likened us to the acorns in Daryl’s metaphor, and suggested that we see our potential for growth as effectively infinite. This week he lays out a three-step process for self-direction and growth.”

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April 23, 2013

Adding Value by Being Self-ish

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I asked several practitioners whom I respect to write guest posts about how they related to two previously released series: Character/Presence and Cultivating Character. Peter Meyer, a seasoned change professional, is the first contributor to this series. In post 1, he describes how both you and your client benefit when you selfishly enjoy yourself while you do great work.

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April 17, 2013

A Conversation About Character and Presence

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I was honored to host a conversation recently with four colleagues about their reactions to two of my recent blog series, Character and Presence and Cultivating Character. In the conversation, you’ll hear about “safety” issues related to change practitioners bringing forth their authenticity. What contributes to our “awakeness” or mindfulness as we practice our craft? What part does curiosity play? Do we genuinely care about clients as human beings going through change-related struggle? Is that part of the character and presence relationship? And what about compassion? Is that different from curiosity or a caring attitude?

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April 9, 2013

It’s time for Change Thinking to move in a new direction

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Since 2009, I have written more than sixty series addressing what I believe are some of the issues, challenges, opportunities, pitfalls, rewards, motivations, and responsibilities associated with being a seasoned change practitioner. Most of this writing has been centered on what we do—the technical, conceptual aspects of our profession.
Over the past few months, I have begun a shift in emphasis.

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April 2, 2013

What I’m Up To

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In my last post, I posed a serious question to serious practitioners: What are you up to? In other words, is there something else you are hoping to achieve through your work above making a living and fulfilling your professional obligations? I wouldn’t ask you to share something as personal as what you are up to without doing the same myself, so in this post, I will explain my passion—what I try to use my change practice to advance.

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