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Written by: Vickie Bevenour, a Professional Certified Coach, PCC
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2016 The Most Important Step in any Career Transition
When you think of the words "career transition" what comes to mind? Could it be an individual making some kind of a change in the work that he or she does? If so, you would be correct, that is the most common definition of career transition. And there are other definitions...read on!!
Change is inevitable and change is everywhere. The one thing that any business professional can be assured of is that their business world will change. Think of the changes that you personally have experienced in the last five years. Perhaps you have:
Gotten a promotion
Changed jobs either internally or externally
Changed teams, projects or suppliers
Changed customers either internally or externally
Lost a manager that you really liked and/or disliked
Gotten a new manager
Gone through an enterprise-wide organizational change
Lost the best/worst person on your team
What is the common theme that runs through each of these examples of change? Yes, you have identified it, in each case there is a loss of something (good or bad) followed by a replacement (good or bad). That is a common factor in every single career transition; and yet few people take the time to stop and acknowledge this loss. This can best be illustrated by a recent event that a client of mine went through.
Carly was a smart, well-respected, vice president of human resources in a global technology company. She was excellent at her work and consistently coached her client set (VP's of business units) towards superior performance.
About three months ago she was slightly dejected during our coaching meeting. She told me that her manager was leaving for a new, wonderful role. Carly loved her manager, and the feeling was mutual. They were a formidable team; for more than five years, Carly benefitted from targeted mentoring that focused on mastering her strengths and grooming her own business partners. Although Carly was happy for her manager's success, she was sad to be losing such a great colleague and mentor. When I inquired about her manager's replacement, Carly made a "not-so-nice" face, then immediately smiled, and put on her "brave face," vowing to make the best of it.
Has this ever happened to you? You face a person, tool, or organizational change, and while not to your liking, you vow to make the best of it? If so, read on to hear what Carly learned...
Three months later when I re-connected with Carly and asked her how the transition was going, she smiled and confessed that she had learned a valuable lesson. She told me:
"Vickie, I forgot to grieve the loss of my previous manager. I was so focused on making the relationship with my new manager successful that I never stopped and took the time to grieve the loss. I disregarded my emotions and it took a toll on me. I coach my business partners to be emotionally intelligent and to be a "real person"; yet I kept charging full steam ahead, and I forgot to take some time to allow my emotions to catch up to the reality of the situation."
Taking a tip from Carly's lesson, we humans all need to understand that when we face an emotional change in our lives (whether personal or professional) we need to recognize the effect that the change has on our emotions and give ourselves time to process this change. This is a crucial step in the change process, and one that many hard-charging, successful business professionals tend to forget.
I also see this happen when someone has lost their job as a function of overall downsizing, a buy-out, or some other valid business reason that is not directly related to the individual's capability or performance. This too is a life changing event, just like a birth, death, divorce or marriage. Sometimes we fail to realize the effect that a change like this has both on us, and those with whom we are close.
So the next time that your business life throws you lemons, before your go full speed ahead to make lemonade, take a tip from Carly and spend some time acknowledging and grieving the loss of your pre-change environment. Only then will you be able to unleash your Inner Leader and make this change a success.
Coach Vickie Bevenour
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Certified Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation
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