February 19, 2013
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.
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.
November 20, 2012
For most people, personal sovereignty (the capacity to operate primarily under one’s own authority) requires rewiring some neural circuitry that has been in place since they were toddlers. This is not easily done and helps explain why so many, including change practitioners, devote much of their lives to accommodating the wishes of others rather than being true to who they really are. In this post, I’ll describe some of the factors that help develop this kind of independence.
October 2, 2012
In the two previous posts of this series on victimization, I wrote about the negative impact it can have on people and organizations. Here, I describe what happens when victimization surfaces during a change initiative, and the ways it effects our profession.
September 4, 2012
The term, “burning platform” has become a permanent part of the organizational change landscape. In this series, I have described how I found and introduced the story. I also discussed the original purpose of the metaphor and how that intention has sometimes been misunderstood. In this final post, I will describe and some of the implications for change practitioners who incorporate the metaphor into their practice.