Nowadays, we have all-too-easily adopted euphemisms (such as "collateral damage") that keep us at a safe distance from uncomfortable realities.
One such reality is job loss.
The phrase "in transition" is commonly used these days to refer to those who have lost a job and are now in search of another. Or to those who have decided to leave a career path in search of a new one.
A colleague of mine here in New Jersey, who is dedicated to helping professionals in Finance who are "in transition," is fond of saying "We are all in transition."
Now that is a true statement we would do well to ponder.
As a "career transition consultant" who provides one-on-one coaching support to clients who are "in" career "transitions," I find it a helpful metaphor. It is about change. Sometimes it is even about transformation.
Just as our organizational clients struggle with change, individuals who are "in transition" may struggle. Sometimes for years.
Terrence Seamon helps individuals and companies in their struggle with change. His company is Facilitation Solutions. Follow him on twitter @tseamon, and connect with him on LinkedIn.