Daryl Conner

September 10, 2013

The Thought Leadership Environment

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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.

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September 3, 2013

Could You Be a Thought Leader?

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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.

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June 4, 2013

Answering Your Questions About Character and Presence

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I recently published two series outlining why I think character and presence are so important to change facilitators seeking mastery in our profession. Many people strongly resonated with this topic—the responses have been quite remarkable. In this light, several themes emerged in the questions practitioners have been asking me about all this, and I thought I would share a few of them, along with my answers.

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May 15, 2012

Validating Ourselves as Practitioners

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Recently, I was asked three separate questions by change practitioners (in three different settings) that I feel are linked. Those three questions, addressed in this post, are all tied to the same thing—practitioner confidence—which is a subject I suspect many of us can relate to.

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May 8, 2012

How to Use Commitment to Understand Resistance

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This is the last post in this series on resistance. I’ve discussed the inevitability of resistance in major change, and how lack of predictability and loss of control factor into the amount of resistance that manifests. In the last two posts, I described two of the three models I use to help clients understand and deal with resistance to change. In this post, I’ll describe a third, and offer a free download of a tool I use to help targets express their concern about particular change initiatives.

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April 10, 2012

Resistance—What a Pain! (Or is it?)

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If there was ever an aspect to organizational change that permeates our profession, it’s the need to address resistance. Reluctance, concerns, struggle, and opposition are all natural and healthy parts of the human transformative process. As such, surfacing, exploring, and addressing the views that run contrary to intended outcomes is as important to our role as is promoting understanding, commitment, and alignment toward realization goals.

As critical as it is to our work, some practitioners take the position that resistance is an unnecessary outcome that results from poor implementation planning or execution. I hold the opposite view—I see it as an intrinsic component to reaching full realization. Differences of opinion about issues as fundamental as resistance are worthy of open dialogue within our practitioner community. We will become a stronger discipline by sharing views on important facets of our profession, particularly when they represent divergent opinions.

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March 13, 2012

Assessing Leaders for Change Roles

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From time to time, both internal and external change practitioners are asked to help select key leaders who will have critical roles as an organization embarks on a vital transition. Unfortunately, many practitioners don’t give enough thought to what might be included in a change leader’s selection criteria. They toss something together quickly or access a generic list someone else has published that doesn’t take into account the particulars of the organization, the demands of the changes at hand, and the personalities involved. Leader appointment is an important aspect of change success and, as professional change facilitators, we are obligated to be as prepared as possible when asked to participate in the selection process.

In this series, I will share an extensive list of criteria I consider when asked to provide parameters for change-related leader selection.

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