“Transitions themselves are not the issue, but how well you respond to their challenges.”
~ Jim George
“Honor the space between no longer and not yet.”
~ Nancy Levin
“Never take a path that has no heart in it. You can’t lose if your heart is in your work. But you can’t win if your heart is not in it.”
~ Carlos Castaneda
I couldn’t help but feel that I glanced by transition and there was more to say and more to think about. I suggest that the essence of change is indeed how well you respond. We will all have our fair share of change. Some are brought on by life’s changes that everyone goes through, some are brought on by the people around us and some are brought on by ourselves.
Work life transition can leave us well equipped to face change in a positive embrace and leave the ‘no longer’ in the past, live in the present and to not be unsettled with the ‘not yet.’ When a new leadership opportunity comes up, whether a challenge in your existing position or an opportunity in a new position I suggest you remember it is not what you do but how you do it!
At the very least take stock of what created change and the positive outcomes you want to repeat. What inspired you to do better, be better and improve the challenge around you. As a leader, your action can make or break a transition. Your leadership approach can keep change on a path best for everyone. While it is important to be confident and clear about the change ahead it is equally critical to guide the transition with heart!
Written by Deborah Lavender, BMG Senior Consultant
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