Daryl Conner

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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June 18, 2013

Falling Asleep at the Wheel

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I’m continuing with my answers to practitioners’ questions on character and presence. In this third post of the series, I address concerns about our tendency to “fall asleep” rather than come to terms with who we are and its place in practicing the craft.

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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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April 2, 2013

What I’m Up To

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In my last post, I posed a serious question to serious practitioners: What are you up to? In other words, is there something else you are hoping to achieve through your work above making a living and fulfilling your professional obligations? I wouldn’t ask you to share something as personal as what you are up to without doing the same myself, so in this post, I will explain my passion—what I try to use my change practice to advance.

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March 26, 2013

A Serious Question for Serious Practitioners

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Is there something you are hoping to achieve through your work above making a living and fulfilling your professional obligations? In this first post of my series, What are you up to?, I pose this question so we might consider what is behind, underneath, and wrapped around the professional undertakings we engage in as change practitioners.

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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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