“I am exhausted – I have transition overload!”
Dean, a leader with many years of international years experience, confessed even he was tired of managing another phase of change in his organisation.
This is not surprising – the more senior the leader, the increasing number of transitions they have to manage.
William Bridges (1991) published “Managing Transitions” where he focussed on the transition as opposed to the change itself. A transition is the internal manifestation of that change that happens within the individual – the psychological impact of the change itself. Whilst this might seem subtle, it is significant as he clarified the emotional impacts the individual experiences during each stage of a transition.
Bridges makes a key point that people experience change even if they don’t agree to or desire it. He highlights three zones of transition people go through when they experience change. He said they are:
- Ending, Losing and Letting Go
- The Neutral.
- The New Beginning