Posts by Edith Swiatek

Why Transformation?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

Why Transformation?

Life brings us transitions – we cannot avoid them. Jobs change, people enter and leave our lives, health and illness spend their time with us and our loved ones. By definition, a transition is a change from one state to another and can be as simple as moving from one action to the next. We can chose to simply move through our transitions, enjoying some and gritting our teeth as we accept the others. There is no embarrassment in this and I call it surviving at life, a tactic I employed well into my 30’s. Alternatively, we can challenge ourselves to turn our transitions into a completely different experience – a transformation. We can experience a more dramatic impact from the inevitable change, in both form and function and in outcome. We can be changed by our transitions and thus garner power and wisdom from each and every one of them. This is as true of organizations as it is of individuals. We can choose to nurture an organizational transition and create a transformation within our team and, indeed, our entire organization’s culture. In speaking to others about transformation, I hear lots of references to butterflies. And while the process of the cocoon to the butterfly is a beautiful story, there is no intentionality on the part of the insect. We often call this seeming miracle a transformation, but, in fact, it is a most basic transition – the chrysalis makes no investment in this process – it simply happens. By accepting and honoring the transitions in our lives and increasing our awareness of the impact and potential opportunities they brings to us, we can choose to transform. Both transitions and transformation take time and effort – why not embark on the quest of transformation and invest in best possible YOU on the other side of each and every transition by making it a transformational...

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