Leading Change & Transition

Continual change is the new normal.

Change is normal in the modern workplace. Change is rapid and complex. The practice of mobilising your team to tackle the tough challenges and thrive requires adaptive leadership.

Success comes from a fine balance of managing change and leading transition. Change is situational. Change could include the move to a new site, the retirement of a senior manager, a restructuring, the introduction of new technology or revisions to the strategic direction. Transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is a process that people go through as they adapt to the new situation that the change has brought about.

Supporting people through transition is essential if change is to work as planned.

“It isn’t change that does you in, it’s the transition. Change is situational: the new site, the new boss, the new team roles, the new policy. Transition is the psychological process people go through to come to terms with the new situation. Change is external, transition is internal.”
William Bridges