You walk into the office, and you're told the project you’ve been managing for over two years is now being led by another team. Your first reaction is confusion which is followed by anger and finally the feeling of failure.
When you ask why has the project been taken away, you are told the new vice-president decided that his team will manage all software-based projects. There is no meeting to discuss a transition period. There is no conversation about the status of outstanding issues. There is no communications about scheduled work. You just get an email, “Hi, I am taking the lead on this project.”
You understand that change happens but what you don’t understand is the insensitivity. The move leaves you feeling uninspired, unsafe and unfulfilled.
Leadership authority Simon Sinek makes it clear:
Returning from work feeling inspired, safe, fulfilled and grateful is a natural human right to which we are all entitled and not a modern luxury that only a few lucky ones are able to find.
We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.
Yes, you need time to acknowledge what has happened but you can not allow failure to define you.
Triathlete James Lawrence explains:
Don’t let failure beat you down. Look at it as a blessing and a turning point that leads you to a different future.
How will you define that different future? Do you need to set a goal? Do you need to focus on the next step? Do you need to focus on the details? The answer is Yes, but don't forget to take massive action.