This post was shared by Kelly Lewis- director of the Executive Certificate in Navigating Polarities in the Institute for Transformational Leadership in light of the worldwide transition we all face as a result of the Coronavirus and Covid-19.
Transitions are beautifully hard. They can be initiated by a situation not of our choosing or inspired by a possibility of our liking. Some are long and drawn out while others are short and swift. Often, they feel chaotic and messy and we try our hardest to make them neat and tidy. For most of us, they are easier to think about than to experience. For all of us, transitions are an invitation to wholeheartedly embrace reality and unequivocally step into possibility.
Early this spring, I was invited into a long, messy, beautifully hard transition by a situation not of my choosing. I am grateful that I said “yes” to this invitation even though it is easier to grasp intellectually than to experience emotionally. Through this article, I would like to invite you into my transition and my learnings to date; I hope it supports and perhaps challenges you (and your clients) to navigate the transitions you are experiencing.
This particular transition knocked on my door one Tuesday afternoon in late April. I was in the midst of doing work I love—co-facilitating a two-day intensive on Relationships and Leadership with a group of incredibly caring and competent leaders. We had just ﬁnished a delightful lunch in the blooming gardens of our nurturing venue when I checked my phone. There was a text from my older sister, Lisa, telling me to call her ASAP.
Read how Kelly Lewis uses life lessons to support both the reality AND possibility of transitions here by the Organization Development Network.