Daryl Conner

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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July 23, 2013

Revisiting “The Cathartic Nature of Our Work”

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This is the third post in my series of revisits to previous posts on Change Thinking. I am inviting you to look at these posts through the character/presence lens. This week, we’re looking at why transformational change requires cathartic work. I include five questions for you to consider 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 25, 2013

Expressing Your Opinion on Character Without Being Pushy

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In this series on answers to practitioners’ questions about character and presence. I’ve addressed whether character is amenable to intentional modification, why the “character/presence package” is both important and difficult, and what it means for a change practitioner to be “asleep at the wheel.” In this final post, I’ll address how to be definitive when expressing your character without becoming closed-minded or appearing to push your own agenda.

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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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April 27, 2010

Being for One Thing Is Fine Unless You’re Also Against Everything Else

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I started writing this blog only five months ago. After 27 postings, I hope my readers have an idea of what to expect. Basically, the blog is geared for experienced change agents who don’t think they have all the answers. It’s for seasoned practitioners who have similar feelings about their profession:

* They are highly skilled but are more uncomfortable with how little they know than they are impressed by their accomplishments.
* They are more attracted to their remaining questions than their unquestioned answers.
* They create value for those they serve, but know deep down there is much more to learn—about transformational change and about providing greater benefits to their clients—and they are committed to exploring these gaps as humble students.
* They have much to say, but are eager to be part of, listen to, and be influenced by, a community whose collective wisdom is powerful.

With this as the intended readership profile, I’ve brought forward challenges that are familiar to me, which I think other practitioners can relate to as well. The readership has grown steadily and you’ve told me to keep it up. That has been heartwarming; I really appreciate it.
But There’s Something More

We’ve reached a point in the blog’s development where I’d like to say a bit more about my agenda in writing it. I have another layer of purpose, and, once I tell you about it, we’ll be able to draw additional implications from future postings.

Maybe the best way to introduce this new perspective to the blog is to take a cue from members of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the way they introduce themselves at their meetings. Along with their name, they declare a reminder to themselves and others of what they are confronting in their lives.

So, my version of the AA introduction is…Hi. My name is Daryl Conner and I’m a methodology bigot.

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