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.
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.
December 6, 2011
A synergistic working relationship is a powerful phenomenon to witness in action. People work together to consume the fewest resources possible to get the job done, while achieving a higher quantity and quality output than if they worked independently. Many change facilitators, however, do not have an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of synergy. They hope synergy exists within their client populations, and leverage it when it does, but they are often uncertain about what specific actions can be employed to foster it.
In this series, I will describe a process for building organizational synergy that includes ways to:
Use communication and diversity to build synergy,
Merge diverse viewpoints, and
Harness the momentum of synergy to realize the goals of the change
January 14, 2011
The only way to succeed when seeking transformational goals is to reframe the notion of failure into “corrective” experiences:
* Failures are mistakes that render no value—people miss the mark and do not learn from the incident.
* Corrective experiences are mistakes that enable people to gain important discernment and illumination.
I’m not trying to diminish the importance of reinforcing and recognizing successful performance, but I am highlighting the importance of using mistakes as catalysts for growth.
January 10, 2011
In my opinion, learning is one of the indispensable bedrocks of our craft. I layer many concepts, tools, and techniques on top of this core element, but fostering learning—my own and my clients’—is at the heart of what I do. Recently, I inventoried all the learning models that have influenced my work, and wrote a blog series on what we can “learn about learning.”