Daryl Conner

August 22, 2013

What Benefits Do You Offer Your Clients?

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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.

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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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June 12, 2013

Finding Clients that Resonate With Your “Character/Presence Package”

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Many change facilitators have asked me questions about my recent series on character and presence, and I decided to answer them directly on the blog over several weeks. In this post, I address concerns about finding clients who will value a practitioner’s “character/presence package.”

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April 9, 2013

It’s time for Change Thinking to move in a new direction

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Since 2009, I have written more than sixty series addressing what I believe are some of the issues, challenges, opportunities, pitfalls, rewards, motivations, and responsibilities associated with being a seasoned change practitioner. Most of this writing has been centered on what we do—the technical, conceptual aspects of our profession.
Over the past few months, I have begun a shift in emphasis.

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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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March 5, 2013

The Practitioner’s Journey: Slaying the Dragon

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In this series, we’re exploring the implications of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey through the eyes of Sara, a fictitious change practitioner. Sara is making important gains, but still isn’t operating at the mastery level. She is frustrated that her wisdom and insight don’t match that of veteran practitioners. But all that is about to change.

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February 19, 2013

The Practitioner’s Journey: Departure

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In this series, I’m using Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey” to relate some specific implications of the hero archetype to the path many seasoned change practitioners follow as they come to terms with how they work with clients. In this post, I introduce Sara, a change practitioner, as the protagonist who first struggles to break out of her perfunctory role, but who eventually earns her standing as a hero.

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