April 30, 2013
“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.”
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 26, 2013
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.
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.
February 5, 2013
In this series, I have been exploring the notion that, as practitioners, we can easily lose contact with who we really are and the important role our character plays in helping clients realize their change aspirations. In this final post in the series, I’ll share some thoughts on uncovering and keeping a vigilance on our character…”waking up” and maintaining a mindfulness about who we are when we practice our craft.
July 31, 2012
When professional facilitators of change use the term “contracting,” they aren’t referencing a legally binding document. Instead, the word describes the process used when two or more people reach agreement on their expectations about a situation, and each other, in a serious manner…that is, pursued carefully and reinforced by consequences. In this post, I outline the basic principles involved.
July 24, 2012
In this series, we’re facing the ugly truth that we have inadvertently contributed to the dismal 70% failure rate of change initiatives. In this final post, I take a hard look at what role we have played, and what we can do about reversing it.