by Mary A.
Talbert House has been talking a lot about change over the past few months, and also about transitions.
A change is a shift, an alteration that occurs in our personal or professional lives. Change happens when a family member moves. Change turns two single people into a married couple. In the professional realm, change is leaving your current employer and starting a new job or a accepting a new position at the same company. It is nearly always occurring in today’s world. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Change is the only constant.”
Transition is what we go through as we adapt to the change. As we learn from the experts, transition is sometimes difficult, frequently stressful, and always filled with normal, human emotions. This is true even with changes we personally drive, like the arrival of a new baby, entering into a new, significant relationship, taking a new job in anew city. These are all very exciting and positive changes. Yet, each is a source of stress.
Talbert House has recently demonstrated the ability, and indeed the agility, to successfully transition to a new service line organizational structure. The transition has not been without stress. Talbert House staff has experienced the transitions stages researched and documented by William Bridges, PhD:
- Endings – Letting go of the old organization, team, boss, office
- Neutral Zone – Exploring the new (organization, team, boss, office) and all of the possibilities.
- Beginnings – Starting anew in the new structure
Now that it’s mid July, the new service lines are in full swing. Talbert House employees – and clients – are demonstrating that each of us have the potential and opportunity to make the most of change, by being successful in our transitions.
Sometimes changes are hard to handle and smooth transitions are not possible without help and a fresh perspective. I was able to provide that to Talbert House during this transition. In turn, Talbert House is here to help others who are finding it hard to deal with stress on their own. If you are experiencing difficulty transitioning to certain changes in life, let us know—we want to help. Call 281-CARE (513-281-2273) to talk with someone about the options available to you.