Daryl Conner

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 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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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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December 4, 2012

It’s Time to Take a Stand

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There are times when we are told to abandon important aspects of our work that we know are in the best interest of the client. A vital part of what we need to do to succeed isn’t allowed and yet we will still be held accountable for achieving the intended outcomes. In this final post of the series, I’ll explore how this effects our work as change professionals, and the role sovereignty (the capacity to operate primarily under one’s own authority) plays in our success with clients.

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November 27, 2012

How Do Controlling People Establish Their Hold?

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In my last post, I described two styles of parenting: nurturing and gatekeeping. Nurturers recognize and accept their children; gatekeepers control and manipulate their offspring. In this post, we’ll look closer at what we learned as children about how to get the affirmation we wanted from our parents, and how those same dynamics play out in our adult lives. This will help us understand how easily change practitioners fall into similar patterns when interacting with sponsors who ask (and sometimes demand) that we inappropriately cut corners when applying our methodologies.

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November 20, 2012

The Importance of Affirmation

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For most people, personal sovereignty (the capacity to operate primarily under one’s own authority) requires rewiring some neural circuitry that has been in place since they were toddlers. This is not easily done and helps explain why so many, including change practitioners, devote much of their lives to accommodating the wishes of others rather than being true to who they really are. In this post, I’ll describe some of the factors that help develop this kind of independence.

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October 30, 2012

More on When and How to Apply the Provocateur’s Role

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Change practitioners who take on the provocateur’s role must be confrontational when necessary, willing to handle the deep emotions of change, and have tough conversations if called for.
In this final post of the series, I continue with my list of ten things that can inhibit change agents from engaging the provocateur’s stance. I also describe what to do about them.

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