Autumn seems to have come late this year in Melbourne. Even though it's mid-May, some trees still haven't changed their colours. The one in the image above captured my curiosity. It appeared to be caught in the middle between its green Summer state and that of vibrant, Autumn red.
Many teams returning to a hybrid workplace are caught in transition. Like the tree, they are unable to go back to the way things were and not quite ready yet for a different future state.
The space between an old path we've been travelling for a while, and a new one (that is yet to be defined) is often uncertain and uncomfortable.
If you are caught in transition at the moment, there is some good news. Apart from making you feel weird, it's also the place where opportunities live. To capture these, we need to give them the right environment to emerge. One of the ways to do that is by having a different kind of conversation. One that asks different questions and creates the safety and structure for people to answer them.
By the way, if you're looking for an easy way to do this, make sure you check out Curly Conversations for Teams. It has 15 pre-designed conversations that you can use straight away. Click the link in the comments to find out more.