The Personal | The Professional
As an individual, as a professional, as a leader, you face transitions.
Sometimes, transition presents as a fortunate opportunity. Mostly, transition comes from upheaval – a dilemma, irritation, injury, turbulence or new frontier to face. Either way, a transition can bring promise and growth as well as risk and the unknown. The bigger the upheaval, the bigger the transition ahead. We can experience excitement, bafflement, stoic ploughing ahead or a simple block: How on earth will we go forward?
Transitions are part of the rhythm of life. Sometimes we try to avoid them or rush through in haste to arrive somewhere new. Then we miss the power and potential of transition, the in-between stage. That is the time of initiation.
The biggest transitions are passages to the next life stage, whether personal or organisational. Big transitions result in a metamorphosis. Transition starts internally, when you look toward your new frontier, the limitations you must go beyond and the inner resources you have.
Your lived experience is often underestimated. It can inform and navigate the transition and challenge you face. Then you can emerge ready for a more abundant relationship with life.
There are two strings to my bow, united by transition. One is Corporate Advisory for Boards of Directors; the other is Creativity for the New Elders Project.
Both focus on successful, fulfilling Transition. The energy that comes with risk, adversity, change, stasis or excitement can be harnessed and used to build resilience and agility to shift to the next level of development.
Earlier this year Di spoke to New Dimensions Radio broadcasting across the US, about the life transition to a community Elder and a corporate Elder, and her forthcoming book about ‘Practicing the Wisdom Arts’.