Loss is an element of dynamic change

Loss is an element of dynamic change

Regardless of whether we initiate change or change is forced upon us, loss is an element of change that needs to be noted, respected, and acted upon. Failure to identify and be ready for the endings and losses that change produces is the largest single problem that we encounter in transition. No one foresees how people will be impacted by a change even when the change is an improvement. We all lament and experience a sense of loss for "what was" whether it's related to our personal life or related to our job.

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THRIVE: Life-changing events are just that: life-changing.

THRIVE: Life-changing events are just that: life-changing.

Reintegrating back into work isn’t easy after a long-term absence or critical illness, for anyone – the returning employee, their co-workers, or the manager.

Life goes on, or so they say, while the person is away. Work carries on, challenges are met, goals change, and the team sort of ‘re-forms’, either figuring out how to ‘get it done’ in spite of a void if the position is left open, or learning to work with a temporary replacement who does their best to fill in.

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THRIVE: Getting back in the saddle after a setback

THRIVE: Getting back in the saddle after a setback

By guest blogger, Liza Provenzano, SparkHR.

It’s understandable to feel lousy when a setback occurs. Several setbacks in succession can really throw us off. However, at some point, it’s time to get back in the saddle, tap into that wiser side of oneself, and look at the next step. Ignoring the negative mind chatter opens up space in our minds for more useful thinking to emerge. This is the thinking that is practical, composed and wise.

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THRIVE: Make it count: Self-exploration of purpose and fulfillment after critical illness

THRIVE: Make it count: Self-exploration of purpose and fulfillment after critical illness

Critical illness impacts every aspect of our lives and our work-selves are not excluded. Experiencing critical illness can certainly drive the importance of living well and connecting to what feels true. On top of everything we are managing, this process can be daunting. When feeling overwhelmed, most of us tend to shut down and understandably so when we have gone through the trauma of managing life-threatening illness. To live as wholly and completely as we are able, thinking about what will bring real fulfillment is worthwhile. The comforting news is that you have the answers!

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THRIVE: Realign and reinvent after critical illness

THRIVE: Realign and reinvent after critical illness

After experiencing a life-changing and traumatic event such as cancer or other critical illness, some of what used to take up our thought space might seem to matter less and other aspects of our lives and desires become more important.

For many of us, high performance or reaching a certain financial status have been key priorities. While these goals and all our remarkable achievements have played a vital role and we have worked hard to get to where we are, ultimately work is unstable. This part of life can change in an instant, as most of us experience at some point.

Something that we all can access that tends to be fairly reliable is our inner wisdom or intuition. Tapping into this personal resource can serve as a guide on our path to discovering what is meaningful, what feels most authentic for ourselves.

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THRIVE: Using critical illness as an opportunity

THRIVE: Using critical illness as an opportunity

When our contract as a full-time patient comes to a close, we are often left in a surreal circle of “what’s next”? For some of us, returning to previous employment is not an option. Some of us consciously make a choice to disengage from a past role that does not support our on-going healing.

However we land and no matter how difficult it is to piece life and work back together in ways that fit into changed realities, there are meaningful possibilities waiting for exploration.

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Heroic and Post-Heroic Stages

Heroic and Post-Heroic Stages

The theory of developmental stages for leadership indicates that if we try to grow leaders' inner game, rather than outer competencies, leaders increase their capacity to handle more complexity and thus lead more effectively. When working with leaders, we relate the inner game to a strong personal foundation that further underpins competencies. A strong personal foundation includes well-developed emotional intelligence.

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Agility and Resilience: The Urgent Need to Grow Better Leaders

Agility and Resilience: The Urgent Need to Grow Better Leaders

Currently, few leadership-development initiatives are addressing the inner game: how leaders perceive, find meaning, make decisions, and handle complexities. However, accredited executive coaches have been preparing for this shift over the evolution of executive and leadership coaching. The shift is from transactional and situational coaching toward coaching the essence of leaders and appreciating developmental-stages theory.

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Leaders Growing Up in a Complex World - Introduction to 5 Development Leadership Stages

Leaders Growing Up in a Complex World - Introduction to 5 Development Leadership Stages

At the higher stages of development, leaders become more successful and their businesses enjoy greater results. With increased leadership effectiveness, there’s a 38% probability of seeing higher business performance, according to a study from The Leadership Circle. A 38% leverage is well beyond most companies’ profit margins, hence developing capable leaders must be a priority.

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The Wisdom of Mid-career Coaching

The Wisdom of Mid-career Coaching

Often at at this pivotal time of life, clinging to the status quo may, on the surface, appear to be a safer, mature choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Redoubling your efforts to achieve happiness based on what drove you in the first half of life is foolish. Consider the metaphor of a bridge. If you stay on one side because of comfort of fear, you don't enjoy the benefits of the other side.

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