Career Transition – A Sign of the Times

Brian TrainingIt seems like every day we read of more and more people being let go from their current employment or losing their contract, when only a week earlier their immediate future seemed secure.

Regardless of what our political leaders say about the current situation, I think no one can deny that our general confidence about the economic climate today and years to come has taken a battering. In my experience of working on behalf of companies to assist their people who have been confronted with the reality of moving on, here’s some of what I share with them.

I never gloss over the fact that this can be a very painful time for them, but as they come to understand during this process, while externally driven change is outside of their control, how they choose to view this transition is not. I can think of no better example of this principle than what nature teaches us about the elements critical to metamorphosis, and how transition can lead to transformation if we believe in that possibility and allow it to unfold.

The Story of the Butterfly
A man had kept the cocoon of a butterfly for a long time, when one day he noticed with excitement that the little insect was beginning to come out. The cocoon looked very strange, as it had a very narrow opening and it was hard to imagine how a beautiful butterfly was going to force itself out of it.

MetamorphasisWith great anticipation the man watched the butterfly slowly struggling to get out of the cocoon. He then became very impatient with the whole process and convinced himself that the butterfly was not going to be able to push itself out. So the butterfly wouldn’t have to go through all of that pain, the man decided to help it out of its cocoon. He picked up a pair of scissors and snipped open the cocoon.

Immediately, and with perfect ease, out crawled the butterfly… dragging a huge swollen body and little shriveled wings!

ButterflyThe man waited eagerly to see the marvellous process of the wings expanding but the poor butterfly never did develop its wings. It stayed crawling painfully through life instead of flying through the air on its beautiful wings as nature had intended. What the man didn’t know was that the great labour and difficulty a butterfly has in passing through such a narrow opening in its cocoon, is nature’s way of forcing fluid from the body of the butterfly into its wings. This prepares the butterfly for flight once it achieves its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight can only come after a struggle.

How many times have we wished and hoped that we can take the easy way out of a situation or our struggles? How many times have we allowed our past failures and painful experiences or current difficulties to stop us from forging ahead? Pain, disappointment and trials are what strengthen us. Our current restraints don’t define who we are. It is often by making a conscious decision to learn from our experiences, that we can truly move forward.

Drop me an email to if you would like some help with your personal career transition, or if you would like to support your staff as a result of decisions you are being forced to make regarding their employment future.

Until then… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less. Have a great week – Brian

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About Brian Clark

Brian Clark is the principal director of Precision Profiling®.

He is a renowned practitioner, writer and speaker on building total customer cultures; values driven leadership and world best practice strategy and implementation.

He has been a guest lecturer on world best practice for the executive management programme at Monash University’s business college (Mt Eliza campus); an adviser to and key note speaker for the Singapore Productivity Association and a consultant to many major Australian and overseas corporations and government departments.

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