Worklife Cycle of Adversity Model
Brigham Young University professor J. Bonner Ritchies work on issues of organizational abuse provides powerful imagery for dealing with the adversity we encounter in todays workplaces:
One thing we know from the great heroes of all time, The black moment is the moment when the real transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light. As you can see from the chart, over time attitudes typically get worse before they get better, going through natural and progressive stages of the heros journey. The temptation is to drop out, by either physically leaving the job or by dropping out psychologically. We manufacture numerous distractions to keep us from confronting the very issues that will move us to higher ground, but, instead, keep us enslaved in our misery. But the only way out is through. By our visualizing the phases involved, and doing the work that needs to be done, our personal experiences begin to make sense, to become valid and congruent. We can anticipate whats next, see where we might be stuck, and begin to unravel the complexity of these dynamic processes. We begin to realize there is more to the story than we understand, more to each of us than we remember. We can visualize coming out of difficult experiences wiser and more able to anticipate and prevent organizational pain in the future if we stick with the journey.
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