Monday, March 16, 2009

Thought of the Week - 3/16/09

"Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." -- James Baldwin

In this time of economic crisis it is easy to bury your head in the sand and pretend that things aren’t so bad. Maybe things are not for you – but look around you, many people you know are suffering. Maybe you’re surviving, but at what cost to your friends, family and employees?

This is a time when we all need to fall back on our deep American heritage and reach out and lend a hand. If you need to let people go, you need to let people go … but don’t just say “I’m sorry”, find out what you can do to support them through the transition.

Now is the time to live by the Golden Rule!!


In his book “Managing Transitions: Making The Most of Change – 2nd Edition” (2003), William Bridges suggests that change is not just making the new direction occur, but more importantly, helping people to transition through the changes.

What are you doing to emotionally support both those who are falling victim to the current economic crisis (i.e., those being laid off, those suffering cut-backs, etc.) and those who survive (i.e., those seeing their friends and loved ones being laid off, those who remain but must pick up the slack for those who are gone, etc.)?

Additional Resources:

“Managing Transitions: Making The Most of Change – 2nd Edition” (William Bridges, 2003

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