"I feel stuck, frustrated, and bored. I feel that I'm no longer adding value to the organization and I'm not even sure I should stay in this role." The coaching client was new but her words were familiar. She sat across the table with a blank, empty look on her face. As I listened and asked questions, it became clear that she entering a time of transition and growth.
Timothy Butler, Director of Career Development Programs at Harvard Business School identifies this stuck feeling as a period of impasse, a necessary crisis that informs us that we must change. In Butler's book, Getting Unstuck, he describes six phases of the impasse cycle and provides insight for navigating each phase. This cycle leads to the discovery of new information and the decision to take concrete action.
Feeling stuck in the mud? I've been there a few times and it's a bit overwhelming. The good news is that you don't have to keep spinning your tires. There is a process for getting unstuck. And when you crawl out of the mud and rinse yourself off, you will have achieved a new level of insight and growth.