One of my favorite parts of the meeting was having Jane Gentry facilitate our meeting. It was a great experience to have a third party motivate, moderate, and direct our strategy sessions and lead us on a few fun exercises. Jane presented to us on a very timely subject – Managing Transitions. It is one of her most sought-after presentations. Here are a few highlights and takeways:
-Many times when a change happens, focus is on the wrong place
-“change” and “transition” are two very different things. Transition is the activity of influence. A change usually means that something will be lost.
-even if a change is positive, people still have to let go of something
-a coach can help a person figure out what they “perceive” they are losing. Perceptions can be very different from reality
-many people get stuck in the “letting go” phase and can be stuck in it for years
-there are 3 main phases when a change occurs: Letting Go, Neutral Zone, and New Beginnings
-to help let go of the old way create a memorial or ritual. Honor and respect the old way to accept the new change
-in a company, high performers are the most at risk because they have the most to lose
-the Neutral Zone provides us an incredible opportunity to get creative and stand out!
-the Neutral zone can be a lonely, uncomfortable place
-Habit inhibits creativity
Much more was discussed but it was very eye opening, as this information is so applicable to life and business. Visually, it helped tremendously to see a picture of the phases and know how to work with people who are in different stages of a transition. I highly recommend reaching out to Jane if you or your company could use some help in this area.
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