Daryl Conner

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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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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March 26, 2013

A Serious Question for Serious Practitioners

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Is there something you are hoping to achieve through your work above making a living and fulfilling your professional obligations? In this first post of my series, What are you up to?, I pose this question so we might consider what is behind, underneath, and wrapped around the professional undertakings we engage in as change practitioners.

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March 12, 2013

The Practitioner’s Journey: Return

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We’re continuing to unfold the story of Sara, a fictitious change practitioner who is on a journey to find out who she is and learn to redefine how she shows up with clients. After recouping from the draining victory over the “dragon,” Sara reengaged with the practitioners she had left behind at the beginning of her odyssey. She was excited about sharing her wonderful news and couldn’t wait to see them develop the strength and freedom she now enjoyed as a practitioner. But it didn’t go as she expected…

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February 5, 2013

It’s Time to Wake Up

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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.

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January 22, 2013

The Need to Care for Character

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I’ve talked about our “character/presence package,” and how it affects clients, as well as the overall results we all want to achieve in our work. I feel strongly that it is the heart of who we really are as change practitioners. In this series, I want to explore how we can cultivate our character to increase the impact our presence has with clients.

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