November 5, 2013
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.
October 15, 2013
Now that executing organizational change is an accepted professional discipline, there is an abundance of both internal and external practitioners; and more join the ranks all the time.
In observing this steady expansion over the years, I’ve noticed an interesting pattern. It appears that the majority of people in our field for five years or more fall into one of three categories. In this brief post, I will call attention to why one category is most likely to engage in a meaningful pursuit of character and presence and why I feel it is important.
September 17, 2013
Since 2009, I have authored more than 70 series (200+ separate posts) under the Change Thinking banner. I have much more to say about why I feel who we are as change practitioners is at least as important as what we do. How we show up when serving our clients—the character and presence we bring forward—is a neglected aspect of practicing our craft and I plan to keep blogging about it for as long as you continue to tell me you are interested in the subject. Beginning today, however, I am making a change to the pace of posting on the blog.
September 10, 2013
I do not believe that as a profession we will ever approach our potential without considerable influence from more thought leaders who can advocate for the importance of character and presence in our professional development. In this final post of my thought leadership series, I explore seven key elements of the environment necessary to foster the growth of more who we are thought leaders.
September 3, 2013
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.
August 22, 2013
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.
August 13, 2013
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.