Important Endings

We humans have created various methods to measure time. One of these systems is the 12 month Gregorian or “Western” calendar which has been the de facto international civil calendar for some 500 years. With the year 2010 coming to a close, I have been reflecting on endings. One of the premier thought leaders on the subject of transition and change is my friend William Bridges, a brilliant author, educator, and consultant. He reminds us that making good endings is the best way to prepare for new beginnings in our lives and our organizations.

Food for Thought ~

Changes and transitions begin with letting go of something. We can’t fully move on to the new place/job/opportunity if we are still emotionally tied to the past. Letting go often means recognizing a sense of loss. As a leader, acknowledging loss and creating opportunities for closure will allow your organization to move on more effectively to the new beginnings that await you.

Question of the day ~

Are you currently facing any situations that represent a significant change and/or transition? What do you need to let go of in order to have a good “ending?” As a leader, what structures can you create to facilitate this process?