Daryl Conner

July 16, 2013

Revisiting “Empowerment”

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I’m continuing my look back to previous series, through the lens of character and presence. This week, we’re looking at empowerment. I discuss the difference between empowerment and delegation, how to earn empowerment, the characteristics of an empowered person, as well as building blocks—and roadblocks—to empowerment. As you read, I invite you to consider five questions related to character and presence.

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June 4, 2013

Answering Your Questions About Character and Presence

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I recently published two series outlining why I think character and presence are so important to change facilitators seeking mastery in our profession. Many people strongly resonated with this topic—the responses have been quite remarkable. In this light, several themes emerged in the questions practitioners have been asking me about all this, and I thought I would share a few of them, along with my answers.

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May 21, 2013

Character and Presence on My Road to Mastery

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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. Donna Brighton, a seasoned change professional, is the fourth contributor to this series. Donna describes three distinct areas that defined her journey to practicing the craft at the mastery level: learning the craft, practicing with integrity, and helping others along the way. She challenges practitioners to consider five questions that can help shape their paths.

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May 14, 2013

Three Traps of Change Practitioners

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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. Marcelo Manucci, a seasoned change professional, is the third contributor to this series. Marcelo describes three traps that can impede the success of change practitioners (pride, hypocrisy, and deceit) when they fail to understand the impact of both “who we are” and “what we do” while managing change. Marcelo also poses two questions for keeping the principles of our “character” and “presence” actively engaged.

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May 7, 2013

What makes you an effective change (and OD) practitioner?

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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. Sheila Legon, a seasoned change professional, is the second contributor to this series. She reflects on the patterns related to a “sense of self” that begin to emerge when one takes the time to focus on them.

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December 4, 2012

It’s Time to Take a Stand

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There are times when we are told to abandon important aspects of our work that we know are in the best interest of the client. A vital part of what we need to do to succeed isn’t allowed and yet we will still be held accountable for achieving the intended outcomes. In this final post of the series, I’ll explore how this effects our work as change professionals, and the role sovereignty (the capacity to operate primarily under one’s own authority) plays in our success with clients.

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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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