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Chapter 14. Understanding The Tasks Of M... > Task I: Accepting the Reality of the...

Task I: Accepting the Reality of the Loss

For an employee to let go of The Old, its loss must be acknowledged. An individual must face the fact of the ending of what was and that things will never be the same again. People may attempt to avoid and deny that a change has or is about to occur. They may resist any acknowledgment of the “endings.” They may resist any acknowledgment of new personnel who represent “new beginnings.”

A parallel example is a young child who knows a new baby is coming into the family. The child may not want to think about it, may have bad dreams about it or even try to “make it not come.” Once the new baby is home, the child must face the reality that the family organization is forever altered and the child’s place in the family—as the only child—is gone forever. The child may cry, act helpless, and demand attention as though still the only child, and may resist the reality of the end of “what was.” Many employees “don’t think about it”—and when the change really occurs they are taken by surprise.


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