This is the last in my initial round of revisits on character and presence. I am inviting you to look at each series through the lens of character and presence. This week, we’re looking at why character and presence are so necessary to any change work that requires having a tough conversation with a client.
One of the real skills in having tough conversations is knowing how much to push and when to stop. Two of the elements of character (and how those are reflected in our presence) that are vital to look at are: How willing are you to make sponsors uncomfortable, and how capable are you of gauging their level of discomfort before you’ve hit that “too much” level?
What about your character allows you to cause discomfort intentionally in others (if you can go there)? How does this show up in your work with others? If the ability to facilitate tough conversations is a part of your character, what might you do to get more fully in touch with it? Likewise, how might you strengthen the ways in which it is expressed through your presence?
Begin reading Tough Conversations here.
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I am continuing my “revisits” to previous series on Change Thinking, but this time, I am inviting you to look at each series through the lens of character and presence, as described in my two recent series, Character and Presence and Cultivating Character. This week, I would like you to apply the character and presence lens to the Empowerment series, first published in 2009.
The empowered relationship is one of the more important aspects of orchestrating organizational transitions, but the term “empowerment” continues to be misunderstood and misused. Most professional change facilitators have some understanding of empowerment’s role and importance during implementation, but we have to grasp all its implications fully if we are to help our clients use this tool wisely.
In this series, I discuss the difference between empowerment and delegation, how to earn empowerment, the characteristics of an empowered person, as well as building blocks—and roadblocks—to empowerment.
As you read, consider the following questions. What are the elements of your presence that need to show up in an empowered relationship? What kinds of behaviors do you need in order to truly be empowered with a particular person? Are those behaviors consistent with who you are? What aspects of your character have been kept beneath the surface that, if brought forward, could foster more empowerment? Are there character/presence implications to why you have or have not been open to granting others an empowered relationship with you?
Begin reading Empowerment here.