Remember all of those “above average” temperatures that we had in Virginia during November, December and the first two weeks of January? Well, they really sucked us in, didn’t they? Saturday was the first day that our high was above freezing in four days, although it seemed like forever. Sure, we were warned, and the temperatures didn’t plummet overnight. Nevertheless, this teasing has got to stop. Even now, they’re talking about highs in the 60s by Wednesday, then back into the 30s for the weekend. Transitions are not supposed to be this way! We’re supposed to work our way through a transition, then come out on the other side. None of this back and forth stuff! Remember? Loss-neutral zone-new beginning. Is this what happens when you don’t successfully navigate through the phases? Is it one step forward, two steps back?
We interrupt this article for breaking news! Great Transitions is offering a six week on-line/teleseminar program “DIRECT Your Career!” This program is designed for those of you who recognize that your current job or career is not the one in which you want to spend the rest of your life. You also realize that you don’t know exactly how to begin the process of discovering a job or career that will bring you satisfaction and fulfillment. “DIRECT Your Career!” can do just that. Through a combination of lectures, Q&As and written exercises, you will work through eight factors: purpose, values, motivators and interests, skills, abilities and work experience, career/job targets, work environment and business reality to find a career that meets your needs.
This workshop begins February 4th so there isn’t much time to register. It is also limited to twelve participants; once it’s filled, the program closes. For more information and to register for this program
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Working through the “neutral zone” takes time and effort. Even after you’ve acknowledged the loss that comes from a change of job or position, the merger of two organizations, or the reorganization of a department or team, there is still work to be done. This is when neither the old ways nor the new ways work satisfactorily. You may be caught between conflicting systems or be in the middle of a systems breakdown. According to William Bridges, “Forward motion seems to stop while you hang suspended between was and will be.” As a result, you may, at times, want to go back to the old ways, even as the new ways are being put into place. However, by allowing the process to move forward and acknowledging the discomfort, eventually you will end up in the new beginning. Spring will come, the colder days will be fewer and those hints of summer will tease us before the blistering days of July and August make us wish for cold weather again. And so it goes.