Daryl Conner

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 7, 2013

What makes you an effective change (and OD) practitioner?

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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. Sheila Legon, a seasoned change professional, is the second contributor to this series. She reflects on the patterns related to a “sense of self” that begin to emerge when one takes the time to focus on them.

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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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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 25, 2012

Victimization Breeds Easily in Work Environments

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In this series, we’re talking about the prevalence and consequences of victimization during change. I defined a victim as one who feels trapped in negative circumstances with no option but to endure. I contrasted this mindset with that of the influencer (a person who believes he or she has choices to make that have an effect on the outcome of negative circumstances). In this post, I focus on the implications when victimization plays itself out in organizational settings.

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August 28, 2012

Use Pain and Hope to Execute Change

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As I described earlier in this series of posts, what drove my original interest in the Piper Alpha event was my desire to find a metaphor to reflect the commitment needed to sustain movement away from unacceptable conditions. The burning-platform story is about the level of resolve it takes to break from the past and […]

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August 21, 2012

The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms

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Contrary to how some people relate to the term “burning platform,” I don’t see it as a story of disaster. To me it’s a tale of courage and tenacity that illustrates the commitment necessary to face the risk and uncertainty inherent in departing from the current state of affairs.
I never intended to give the impression that an emergency was always necessary to motivate sustained major change. If one word is associated with the story, I would prefer it be resolve rather than peril. People don’t have to face a life-threatening situation or organizational insolvency in order to support fundamental change. I’ll say more about that in this post.

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