Daryl Conner

October 15, 2013

What Can You Gain By Incorporating Character and Presence Into Your Work?

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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.

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August 6, 2013

Reflections on Character and Presence (free download)

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A few months ago, I shifted the main focus of my writing on this blog from “what we do” to how we come forward as human beings when practicing our craft—who we are.

I marked this change in emphasis with the release of two core series—Character and Presence and Cultivating Your Character—that I consider the center of gravity for the who we are perspective. I then asked several practitioners whom I respect to write guest posts about how they relate to these two series.

I have compiled the two series, the reflections of two master change practitioners, and my answers to questions on character and presence into a document that I am now making available as a free download.

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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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January 3, 2013

How Does Our Presence Reflect Our Character?

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I’ve been talking recently about character and presence—the who we are that combines with what we do to make us complete change practitioners. In this post, I describe three ways presence reflects character.

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December 11, 2012

The Importance of Character and Presence

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There is a stream of influence much more powerful than any of the terms change practitioners use, or procedures we deploy. Underneath what we do is who we are, and it is here where our optimum impact resides. Of all the things we draw on to create leverage for our clients, our true nature is our greatest asset. When we stay centered on this, and see it as core to the value we provide, we can live up to our full potential and help others do the same.
In this post, I explore the role of character in our work.

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December 4, 2012

It’s Time to Take a Stand

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There are times when we are told to abandon important aspects of our work that we know are in the best interest of the client. A vital part of what we need to do to succeed isn’t allowed and yet we will still be held accountable for achieving the intended outcomes. In this final post of the series, I’ll explore how this effects our work as change professionals, and the role sovereignty (the capacity to operate primarily under one’s own authority) plays in our success with clients.

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