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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August 27, 2013

The Five Archetypes of Thought Leadership

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So far in this series on thought leadership, I have stressed the need for an increased focus on character and presence. I introduced five archetypes—Eager Apprentices, Solid Performers, Adept Adventurers, Periodic Contributors, and Thought Leaders—as part of a benefit continuum that reflects the value change agents provide those they serve. In this post, I will explain how each archetype exemplifies a different way in which character and presence play a role in the practice of our craft.

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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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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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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 21, 2013

Character and Presence on My Road to Mastery

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I asked several practitioners whom I respect to write guest posts about how they related to two previously released series: Character/Presence and Cultivating Character. Donna Brighton, a seasoned change professional, is the fourth contributor to this series. Donna describes three distinct areas that defined her journey to practicing the craft at the mastery level: learning the craft, practicing with integrity, and helping others along the way. She challenges practitioners to consider five questions that can help shape their paths.

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