This morning as I read an
article published by Marshall Goldsmith, noted Executive Coach, Author
and Leadership Expert, I was moved by its perspective and thought to
share the highlights with you. Based on his experience with asking the
If your company closed its doors today, would you
be relieved, sad or surprised” he defined the surface meanings
of the emotional responses:
~ perhaps you are in the wrong job doing the wrong thing. This opportunity
will give you the out that you have wanted for some time but may not
have had the courage or faith to take for yourself.
~ perhaps you may be emotionally tied to the company. It maybe the place
where you find your greatest worth, meaning, life and significance.
~ perhaps may think that such a thing could never happen as you may
believe that your job, skills and the company are indispensable
OR that no change or trend could adversely affect the workplace’s
Angry ~ perhaps you are dependent possible too financially dependent on the workplace to meet your basic needs. You may feel like life’s ladder would have been kicked out from under leaving you dangling from the ledge of a sky scraper waiting to be rescued with no help in sight.
Betrayed ~ perhaps you are a loyal associate. You expect transparency, uphold truth and want to be respected and absolutely loathe being taken for granted.
Disappointed ~ perhaps you maybe vested in the company’s mission, vision and goals and really looked forward to their realization. You may be left to ponder the likelihood that without the company’s goals and maybe having none of your own, what would be your reason for getting out of bed each morning.
Frightened ~ perhaps you may not have created a rainy day plan for your life OR the thought of not knowing what is coming or what do to next, creating a new routine and living a new way of life evokes paralyzing fear.
For those of you who may
believe that the reality and consequence of this question is highly
unlikely I ask you to take a trip down memory lane with me.
Do you remember Smith-Coroner
and their Typewriters? How shopping at Woolworths or Burdines? Who remembers
Pan Am, TWA and Eastern Airlines. How about bringing it closer
to home for those of us who reside in The Bahamas, specifically on the
island of New Providence, do you remember the days of the Stop-N-Shop,
Mauras, G. R. Sweeting, The Shirley Street and Sun Shine Twin Theatres,
Nassau Beach Hotel and Howard Johnson Ice Cream Parlor on Cable Beach,
the Holiday Inn Hotel on Paradise Island and Pepsi Cola and Barcardi
Just recently I read an article
about the impending demise of Borders Bookstore. As I type stores around
the United States of America are being closed. As one their loyal customers
I expected Borders to be around for a long time serving my reading and
Let’s consider what it would
be like if your response to said question was:
peace or contented ~ perhaps you may realize that though involuntarily
a time, season in your life has ended. This moment could very well be
a new beginning to consider those dormant or nagging dreams of all other
things and passions, places and groups, vocations and industries that
really ignite and inspire you, and can cause you to experience a great
sense of fulfillment. You may have great faith and confidence that
all will be well regardless of the circumstances surrounding you.
You may accept that it is what it is, though sobering facing the truth
of what is may inspire you to not mourn but find joy in what remains
and what can be.
Would YOU benefit from
being coached to be more prepared and comfortable to respond by saying
Optimistic? We are here to serve you through our coaching
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is a Vision Coach, who facilitates learning and discovery for focus
and direction. She is the Principal of Dialogues a Division of Renaissance
Group of Companies.
Copyright @ 2011 Kaylus Horton