The first of the three stages of inner transition that accompany the outer journey to your vision is called separation.

This stage is about letting go of people, places, or things that have been important to you until now but which will not be part of your vision going forward. It is about letting go of life as it was, so that you can get ready for life as it is going to be.

Navigating this phase well is not only about letting go of what is being left behind, but also about building focus and commitment for what will come next.

This involves recognising what the previous phase of your life has brought you and giving thanks for this. It means reminding yourselves (you and your team) why the new vision is the best way forward, despite the losses that will result.

It means being clear about the skills and resources that were part of the past life and will be taken forward with you. And most especially it means identifying the values and principles that underlie what has been important for you in the past, so that these can be built even more strongly into the new vision going forward.

Steering through this phase well involves using symbols and ritual. And as a leader you will be called upon to centre and ground yourself and to speak authentically on behalf of yourself and others to say what needs to be said.

Handled well, this phase will enable you to move forward, and to do so with redoubled vigour. Handled poorly, you and your team may find yourselves held back by grief.

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The stage that follows is called the Liminal or Threshold stage.

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