Daryl Conner

November 5, 2013

Why Should You Want Your Competitors To Care About Character and Presence?

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The introspective work necessary for a serious exploration of the relationship between character, presence, and clients is not for everyone. Most practitioners avoid it altogether or approach it only peripherally. That’s why those who do take this path share a common tie that usually transcends the boundaries that normally keep change practitioners in insular enclaves.

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September 3, 2013

Could You Be a Thought Leader?

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In my last post, I wrote about the archetypes of Eager Apprentices, Solid Performers, Periodic Contributors, Adept Adventurers, and Thought Leaders. I discussed the critical role each plays and introduced the Thought Leader as one who has a central role in helping our profession realize its who we are potential. In this post, I will address more specifics related to what it takes to be a Thought Leader dedicated to exploring and leveraging how we show up as part of the value we create for clients.

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August 27, 2013

The Five Archetypes of Thought Leadership

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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.

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August 22, 2013

What Benefits Do You Offer Your Clients?

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In the first post of this series, I explained that 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.
In this post, I introduce five archetypes. From Eager Apprentices to Thought Leaders, each represents a place on a benefit continuum that reflects the value change agents provide clients. All play critical roles in both the success of organizational change and the advancement of our profession.

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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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April 30, 2013

Clients Like It When We Grow

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“Last week Peter Meyer wrote about why it makes sense to focus on ourselves as what our clients want to buy, as an important source of value. He suggested being self-ish. He likened us to the acorns in Daryl’s metaphor, and suggested that we see our potential for growth as effectively infinite. This week he lays out a three-step process for self-direction and growth.”

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April 9, 2013

It’s time for Change Thinking to move in a new direction

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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.

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