October 9, 2012
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.
February 21, 2012
Serving as a professional change facilitator is challenging under any circumstances but this is especially true when attending to people in the midst of deeply emotional, or cathartic, breakthroughs. The intense struggle associated with trying to hold on to the status quo, the anxiety of letting go, and then the difficulties of opening up to new possibilities generates extremely profound emotions that we must be prepared to recognize and respond to properly.
In this post, I include an extensive list of ways we can help others in their emotional journeys.
November 22, 2011
This series addresses ethical ploys—noble ruses that help people handle issues or information they wouldn’t otherwise see, understand, or consider relevant. In this post, I name five things to remember when using an ethical ploy.
September 20, 2011
It’s important to be able to reframe a person’s mindset during a change initiative to shift how he or she sees and interprets certain things. In this post, I describe in detail two key elements in reframing: frame of reference and priorities, and describe how to apply each.