Pick any spot in the cycle you’d like. In the spirit of autumn, let’s start with a team going through a major change. It doesn’t matter what prompted the change, only that there is a transition to navigate.
Where are we in the cycle? A prior stage of growth has altered the team composition, strategic goals, or conditions for success.
Why are we there? We took measured risks and explored new territory with both predicted and unpredicted consequences.
What comes next? We’ll need to regroup and reconsider our goals and direction.
Where are we in the cycle? A sense of loss has subdued the team’s energy as teammates adapt to change.
Why are we there? Any significant change requires a period of letting go so teammates can step back and get perspective.
What comes next? An opportunity for renewal of the team’s mission and reinvestment in core values.
Where are we in the cycle? A surging renewal invites connection, collaboration, and commitment to team wellness.
Why are we there? The promise of exploration and discovery calls for a foundation of trust.
What comes next? Another developmental phase of growth and smart risk taking.
Where are we in the cycle? The team is poised to stretch its limits, experiment, and invent to solve previously vexing problems.
Why are we there? The navigation of change, recommitment to mission, and deepened trust made growth possible.
What comes next? Another round of adapting to the change the team created.
There’s always a next season. Each phase of the cycle has a unique purpose tied to the stages that preceded and will follow. So, whether it is the beautiful maple tree that turned red seemingly overnight or your favorite baseball team that fell apart when it mattered most, another chance for renewal is coming soon.