Leader’s Corner

Change and Transition…

As you leave the comfort of the old and move into the adventure that is the new, Dr. William Bridges provides suggestions on how you can help staff through the transitions. Think about how you might model letting go of the old. You might begin by openly acknowledging what has ended making things tangible and concrete for your staff. You can help others by sharing a ceremonial way to mark an ending. 

As people navigate the neutral zone, it’s important to provide staff with clear instructions and prepare for a variety of reactions. It’s helpful to communicate early and often about what is going to happen and be transparent with expectations. Neutral zones create strong emotions, so listen empathetically and be open to hearing the feelings of others. Leading transitions takes heart. 

To support staff as they embark on new beginnings, make sure to set the purpose and your vision for the future. Communicate your goals and clear action steps to move forward. Just because you are ready for a new beginning does not mean everyone on your staff has left the neutral zone and is ready at the same time as you. It will be important to listen and be open to feedback from your staff during the transition process.

As a leader you need to think about your own transition, the transition of each member of your district or school, and the transition of the organization as a whole.

“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”

~C. JoyBell C.

December 19, 2019 Bulletin


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