We are at one of those points in life when it becomes clear that there is no normal. It is a crisis point, like marriage, birth of a child, leaving home, heart attack, cancer, divorce. The rug has been pulled out from under. The ground, walls and ceiling are gone. We are in free fall.
I thought compassionately managing change was a pretty well known and accepted way to streamline the change process to obtain positive results while treating people well. But, I may be overly optimistic.
Some events are openings. They shock us. They wake us up into a deeper, more expansive awareness - a state of presence where we are more openhearted, more open-minded, more conscious of who we are beyond our limited, habitual understanding. In this presence we are fully engaged, happily resting in the eye of the storm while everything is swirling around.
Fear, including anxiety, and anger are realities. They are normal. They appear in all situations, including projects.
There is a challenge - to not suppress or ignore these emotions AND to not to act out in emotionally driven behavior. Finding the place between suppression and acting out takes wisdom and skillful effort.
Many coaches and consultants say: "Leave your comfort zone, overcome your fear and lack of self-confidence to learn and grow."
The comfort zone is that psychological space in which one feels secure, safe and at ease. Why would anyone want to leave their comfort zone? Who wants to be uncomfortable?