February 16, 2015
As some of you already know, I have started a new entity called Conner Academy. Conner Partners continues its work under the day-to-day direction of our managing partner, Jay Michaud. While I maintain involvement in client executive-level advisory activities, IP development projects, and providing strategic advice to the Conner Partners’ team, much of my time […]
September 2, 2014
Change practitioners can be impeccable at using a methodology but still not have the impact they want with clients. What does it take to bring the best we can to the work we do? To rise above being technicians to becoming artists? I was recently interviewed on this subject by two colleagues, Marcella Bremer and […]
June 4, 2014
I’ve been “holding space” (creating environments where clients can feel safe and supported while resolving important issues) for as long as I can remember. I am so accustomed to applying it in my work that, until recently, it never occurred to me to examine what the term really meant or how I actually went about […]
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.
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.