I didn't have to go through these steps because when I took over the manager's position, I had played several managing roles, which made things very easy to me and even the empoyees did not feel the transition.
I am going through major life and work transitions right now. Even considering being a manager is a radical change for me since I prefer to work alone. But, there are other considerations that have caused me to consider being a manager. Then, I might now have the experience and maturity to handle management or administration.
What are the seven transition phases that applies to management???
The Transition Process
Seven stages of transition have been identified which apply to management and indeed many other life and work transitions, especially when a transition has been quite sudden (Adams et al., 1976). The seven stages of transition are:
• Seeking meaning
Immobilisation: the initial ‘frozen’ feeling when you do not know what to make of your new role.
Minimisation: you carry on as though nothing has changed, perhaps denying inside that you really have new roles as a manager.
Depression: when the nature and volume of the expectations upon you have sunk in and you feel you cannot cope; depression can be accompanied by feelings of panic, anger and blame.
Acceptance: when you begin to realise there are things you are achieving and more you could achieve, and that you have moved on from what you used to do.
Testing: when you begin to form your own views on what management is all about and even experimenting with what you can do.
Seeking meaning: you find the inclination and energy to reflect upon and learn from your own and others’ behaviour.
Internalising: you define yourself as a manager, not just in title but in what you think you are doing; you and your job have come to terms with each other.
The seven transition phases represent a sequence in the level of self-esteem as you experience a disruption, gradually acknowledge its reality, test yourself, understand yourself, and incorporate changes in your behaviour. Changes in level of self-esteem appear to follow a predictable path. Identifying the seven phases along such a self-esteem curve can help you to understand the transition process better. This is illustrated in the diagram.
Although this seven-stage model describes transition as a sequence, not everyone in job transition will experience every phase. Each person’s progress is unique: one may never get beyond denial or minimisation; another may drop out during depression; and others will move smoothly and rapidly to the later phases.
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