I am guest hosting Elli St George Godfrey’s #kaizenblog Twitter chat, this Friday August 10, 2011, at 12 noon ET, 9:00 AM PT. Please join us. The topic is Creative Resilience during times of transition.
This blog post frames the discussion:
William Bridges, author of Managing Transitions, says “It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transitions.” That’s because Transition is the psychological process people must go through to come to terms with new situations.
We live in a world of constant change. Nature is an example of constant birth, growth, death, and renewal. Understanding the cycles of creation will help us thrive in change, rather than fear it. While transitions can be painful, they are a source of creativity, growth and transformation.
I don’t believe we can experience a transformation without undergoing a psychological transition, and if we can cultivate creative resilience, we can proceed with a sense of adventure — on what Joseph Campbell described as a Hero’s Journey (visualized above.) The cycle of change, transition and transformation applies to individuals, systems, organizations, and societies.
(See my blog post on Creative Resilience: 5 strategies to help you thrive during times of transition)
Questions for discussion:
Q1 “Come tell us what is saving your life now.”
(This Q was asked of Barbara Brown Taylor and formed the basis for her book An Alter in the World)
Q2 What does it mean to be resilient?
Q3 When something goes wrong, how do you bounce back? What practices help you develop creative resiliency?
Q4 What lessons have transitions taught you? What wisdom could you share?
Q5 What role does creativity play during times of transition?
Q6 Do you think we need more reason or passion in times of transition? Why?
About your host:
Linda Naiman is an innovation coach, and a pioneer in arts-based learning as a catalyst for transformation in business.