August 27, 2013
So far in this series on thought leadership, I have stressed the need for an increased focus on character and presence. I introduced five archetypes—Eager Apprentices, Solid Performers, Adept Adventurers, Periodic Contributors, and Thought Leaders—as part of a benefit continuum that reflects the value change agents provide those they serve. In this post, I will explain how each archetype exemplifies a different way in which character and presence play a role in the practice of our craft.
April 17, 2013
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?
April 9, 2013
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.
March 19, 2013
In closing this series about the hero’s journey for the practitioner, I’d like to offer my bias about what is the most important lesson to be learned during these epic periods of professional/personal growth. All the illumination that takes place during these developmental leaps contributes to the wisdom we strive for but, in my view, there is one awareness that stands above all the rest in its creation of value for us and those we serve.
February 12, 2013
Joseph Campbell was possibly the greatest mythologist of our time. In this first post of the series, I introduce his Hero’s Journey archetype, which can help us learn how our own heroic odyssey can make us better practitioners.