Tony Blair. Scott McLeod. Me. What do we have in common? We are all in transition to something new. For those of you who follow my monthly blog on a regular basis (I can dream, can't I?), you will remember that I am moving on to a new administrative position starting Monday.
Transition is part of the journey and for the most part, I'm sure mine is no different than Tony's or Scott's. People think you have stopped caring, even though you try to assure them that you still do. Problems still occur, but you are running out of time to solve them. You have to clean out your office and all those articles and memos you saved 'to read later' or for 'future use' have filled at least five computer paper boxes for the recycle center. You end up saying 'good-bye' more than once to people, because you didn't think you'd see them again, but you usually do. You start to reflect on what you have accomplished during these past years of leadership and there are a couple of times you wonder if you even made a difference. Since you are a confident person, you are pretty sure you have, but you know there were times when you could have done more. But it's time to move on and begin something new.
So what do you learn during this transition time? That you are replaceable; that people really do care about you and will miss you; that you have touched lives you didn't know you touched; that the next chapter will give you many blank pages to fill and get it right.
I am a leader. I have prepared for this next step and I am ready. I'm still in transition as I begin the new job, but instead of rushing to finish things up, I'm going to slow down and listen to the new people I am going to meet. I'm going to learn "the way we do things around here" so I can understand the culture. I am going to improve upon my leadership skills by reflecting more. I am hopeful and optimistic.
I am a believer in living in the moment. If you are in a transition this summer, whatever it might be, stop and think about where you are, where you have been and where you are going. Don't rush through it. Savor it. Take a deep breath and give yourself permission to fully be in this phase. This is a time for growth, both personally and professionally. It should be more than a whirlwind of events that you just hope to survive. Grab hold and enjoy the ride.
Best of luck to you!