This article was originally published July 2016, in the WorldWide Coaching Magazine.


Transformation often occurs within the process known as transition. While supporting clients through transition, I consistently reach for three specific tools. Two are classics and one is extremely new. I hope you find value in all three:

The first is a book, Managing Transition, by William Bridges. It’s for managers and coaches who need to understand how to help others through huge shifts and make the most of such transformational moments. If you haven’t heard of this book, it’s time you became acquainted.
Based on Bridges’ transition model, I crafted this YouTube video. At the end of the video, you’ll find five vital strategies to utilize while navigating transformation.

The second is an awareness of the Change Cycle. Long before coaching hit the scene, consultants used one version or another to foster real results. (If anyone knows who originally developed this model, please let me know. I’d love to give them credit.)
Today, the body of work known as mBIT and much of Brené Brown’s current research support the validity of the Change Cycle. As you watch this video, notice where real and sustainable transformation actually occur within the model.

Finally, I believe Brené Brown and her most recent book, Rising Strong, to be brilliantly insightful. Transformation guided by the heart is, in my opinion, the topic of this compelling book. It’s a must read for anyone coaching in 2016, because all signs of valid and true transformational progress point toward reckoning and rumbling with emotion.