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Managing Transitions (Part 1)

Have you ever had a pet peeve that you wanted to condemn from the hilltops, but know that doing so would do nothing but cause hurt and offense? Yeah, me too. Instead of doing that today, though, I’ll share a few quotes from Managing Transitions by William Bridges.

A few months ago I attended a week long training seminar put on by my company. The experience was pretty positive, as I learned a lot of things that applied to much more than my job. I won the above book during this class.

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change. – Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Paradoxically, it is also true that fighting to keep changes from happening causes change too, just of a different sort. So better to deal with the fact that nothing ever stays the same and respond appropriately.

When experience is not retained, infancy is perpetual. – George Santayana

Reading the above quotation was the final push for me to get this blog started (you’ll notice it’s permanently ensconced in the header). So much truth can be mined from it. Just one thought I had is that it speaks to the value of routine and repetition; when everything has to be new, new, new, nothing is dwelt on long enough to stick. I wrestle with that all the time.

Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time. – Mark Twain

Oh how true that is. And yet its truth must be tempered by the following.

It doesn’t work to leap a 20 foot chasm in two 10 foot jumps.

Perhaps a reasonable working definition of leadership is the act of executing the proper balance between the above two statements.

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