Daryl Conner

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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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 19, 2013

The Practitioner’s Journey: Epilog

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In closing this series about the hero’s journey for the practitioner, I’d like to offer my bias about what is the most important lesson to be learned during these epic periods of professional/personal growth. All the illumination that takes place during these developmental leaps contributes to the wisdom we strive for but, in my view, there is one awareness that stands above all the rest in its creation of value for us and those we serve.

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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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October 9, 2012

Stemming the Tide of Victimization

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This is the final post in my series on victimization. The victimization syndrome can be compared to a virus that has infected not only clients, but our profession as well. Transformational change intensifies existing victimization and brings any latent tendencies to the surface. No one—advocates, agents, targets, or sponsors—is immune from its destructive power. In this post, I review some perspectives I’ve found helpful with clients, other practitioners, and myself as we all contend with our own vulnerability to victimization.

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October 2, 2012

Change Throws Gasoline on the Flames of Victimization

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In the two previous posts of this series on victimization, I wrote about the negative impact it can have on people and organizations. Here, I describe what happens when victimization surfaces during a change initiative, and the ways it effects our profession.

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September 4, 2012

Implications for Practitioners Using the Burning-Platform Metaphor

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The term, “burning platform” has become a permanent part of the organizational change landscape. In this series, I have described how I found and introduced the story. I also discussed the original purpose of the metaphor and how that intention has sometimes been misunderstood. In this final post, I will describe and some of the implications for change practitioners who incorporate the metaphor into their practice.

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