Daryl Conner

August 13, 2013

What Does It Take to Be a Thought Leader in the Field of Change Facilitation?

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There is plenty of cutting-edge thinking about our frameworks, tools, and methodologies, but little thought leadership related to the who we are side of our craft.
It is time to step into a new era where we pursue more frequent and deeper investigations of how we show up when engaged in our work. We must also take more responsibility for creating thought leadership to support this aspect of our individual and collective development. I hope that this new series will serve as a call to action for us as a professional community.

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August 6, 2013

Reflections on Character and Presence (free download)

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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.

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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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July 9, 2013

Revisiting “The Why of Our Work”

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I have written about character and presence, and their importance for our mastery path as practitioners. This week, I am beginning a short series of “revisits” to previous series in Change Thinking, but I want to invite you to look at them through the lens of character and presence. The series we’ll be revisiting were published well before the release of the character and presence material, yet they have “line of sight” connection to that way of approaching the practice of our craft. It is my hope that by returning to review them once again (but this time with the benefit of the character/presence mindset), new perspectives and insight might emerge. The first post is about the “why” of our work.

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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 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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February 19, 2013

The Practitioner’s Journey: Departure

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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.

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