August 6, 2013
A few months ago, I shifted the main focus of my writing on this blog from “what we do” to how we come forward as human beings when practicing our craft—who we are.
I marked this change in emphasis with the release of two core series—Character and Presence and Cultivating Your Character—that I consider the center of gravity for the who we are perspective. I then asked several practitioners whom I respect to write guest posts about how they relate to these two series.
I have compiled the two series, the reflections of two master change practitioners, and my answers to questions on character and presence into a document that I am now making available as a free download.
June 12, 2013
Many change facilitators have asked me questions about my recent series on character and presence, and I decided to answer them directly on the blog over several weeks. In this post, I address concerns about finding clients who will value a practitioner’s “character/presence package.”
May 21, 2013
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.
February 19, 2013
In this series, I’m using Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” to relate some specific implications of the hero archetype to the path many seasoned change practitioners follow as they come to terms with how they work with clients. In this post, I introduce Sara, a change practitioner, as the protagonist who first struggles to break out of her perfunctory role, but who eventually earns her standing as a hero.
January 8, 2013
Change practitioners utilize various concepts and techniques, but it is our presence that informs and mobilizes clients. As powerful as this means of influence is, however, it is usually applied without much conscious intent on our part. In this post, I describe how we can enrich and deepen our presence by evolving our character.
October 16, 2012
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.