Holding Space for Change at Work →

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Michele Martin:

So we approach professional transitions from a place of wanting to know what we should DO and tend to constantly search for the RIGHT ACTION to take us toward our goals. We may pay some lip service to the emotions that go with these transitions, but we don’t tend to spend a lot of time on the emotional aspect because to be “professional” is to have control of our emotions, especially any emotions that threaten to become “messy”.

An interesting read on holding space for change. This has been my experience working on change within organisations. The emphasis is placed on action and dealing with change from a situational point of view rather than a people-oriented view (both are needed). Rarely is time spent on understanding the emotional impacts of change. Often there is little or no awareness of, and compassion for, liminal experiences.