Daryl Conner

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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March 5, 2013

The Practitioner’s Journey: Slaying the Dragon

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In this series, we’re exploring the implications of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey through the eyes of Sara, a fictitious change practitioner. Sara is making important gains, but still isn’t operating at the mastery level. She is frustrated that her wisdom and insight don’t match that of veteran practitioners. But all that is about to change.

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May 24, 2012

“Let’s Cut to the Chase”

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In this series, I will talk about how to respond to a client who wants you to give him or her a straightforward, broad perspective of what an organization will have to do to fully realize the goals of a large change initiative. I will share my responses to two hypothetical questions: “What is a realistic set of expectations I should have about embarking on this change?” and “Can you give me some general DOs and DON’Ts that will likely apply to what we’re facing?”

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November 8, 2011

Tough Conversations—Know When to Push, and When to Stop

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In this series, I’ve been discussing the importance of having tough conversations with clients when warranted. In this last post, I describe seven ways to stay confident and centered during a tough conversation.

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