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We talked to Catherine Hayes, facilitator of our upcoming course on February 28th, ‘Navigating Transitions’, an innovative workshop discussing tools and practical frameworks to deal with change in organisations.

Catherine Hayes

Catherine, we look forward to your ABP workshop on navigating transitions. Why do you think that change and transformation continue to be such current topics in the industry?

Well throughout our development we aren’t really taught how to work with ambiguity and uncertainty, so we feel uncomfortable with it. We tend to seek control over actions and situations, but change is very complex and cannot be controlled, so again this makes us feel uncomfortable. Further still, transitional states happen moment-by-moment and the more you try to separate them in order to gain control, the more complex and challenging the situation becomes. This means that we could even be making our own work harder and more complex, simply by not having the tools to manage the ambiguity of the change process effectively. This continues to be important because as we can see from disruptive technology, everything is changing and therefore our human needs for control and order are not being met. Managing change requires a different skill set and experience.

Is this something that your workshop will address then?

Yes, at least an introduction to new ways of thinking and being with change and this transitional space. The way that organisations currently function and manage change is based on old traditions, so this workshop will look at our relationship with the self, the process of looking at the outside and how this affects our internal experiences, and how this maps on to the processes happening within organisations. It is about developing a different way of thinking- one where we better understand how to navigate the transitional space in our self before trying to help others and our organisations. We needdifferent skills. Traditionally if we wanted to know something we would ask someone or go to a library and look in books, now Google is just a click away, so we do not retain information in the same way and therefore it requires us to learn new ways to work with transitions.

How will the workshop help participants to achieve this?

We will consider what practices in organisations are able to help us navigate the transitional space.The aim is to take participants through a journey by looking at change and how to work with ambiguity in their own personal experiences, and then apply this. Participants will be asked to explore an ambiguous experience and what it means for them and their own transition, what their responses to ambiguity mean for them and others, and what are the primary needs that inform the capacity to work with change. Of course, the workshop is just one day, so we will explore as much as possible, but this will be a starting point- to give participants a flavour of what is involved and explore the transition space in bitesize chunks in an interactive way. Participants will explore personal journeys and how they can apply to organisational life, learning from each other’s experiences in a safe environment.

This course takes place on 28th February at the Linnean Society, Piccadilly, London.

This training is sponsored in part by TalentLens, which allows us to offer extremely competitive training rates to our members. Talentlens is part of Pearson plc, the world’s learning company and global market leader in assessments. This international talent assessment business uses psychometrics to help organisations select and develop top performers and high potential. Supported by over 70 years of research, Talentlens tests are used by hundreds of companies around the world for their employee recruitment and development. Please take a moment to visit their pages at and follow them on Twitter @talentlens


ABP members: £100 (ex VAT)

ABP Student members: £50 (ex VAT)

Non members: £225  (ex VAT)

Find out more and booking information here.

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