Early in the media coverage related to COVID-19, I had a profound realization about a term referred to in mainstream psychology literature as a transitional object. It became increasingly apparent that transitional objects were going to play a critical role in our ability to cope with the events unfolding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic ... maybe even more than at any other time in our lives. I started noting that doctors, nurses, CEOs, essential employees, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and people in general impacted by the mind-altering pandemic were inadvertently identifying transitional objects for support.
This presentation will explore real-time examples and suggest ways for all leaders of any organization, big or small, to use transitional objects to build resilience inside your post pandemic organization.
Registration is free for ACMP DC members; $10.00 for non members
Dr. Victoria M Grady is the Academic Director of the MSM Graduate Program and Associate Professor of Management/Organizational Behavior in the School of Business at George Mason University. Victoria also recently joined Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG) based out of Charlotte, NC as the Professor in Residence for their People and Change Practice. Victoria’s research portfolio focuses on the behavioral implications of organizations introducing and implementing organizational change—her unique emphasis is the role of Attachment Behavior and Transitional Objects within the change process. Victoria’s research includes work with United States Federal Government Agencies, Private and Public Healthcare Organizations in the United States and United Kingdom, Utility Organizations in Australia, K-12 and Higher Education Institutions, Nuclear Power Plants, and Non-Profit Associations. Recent research publications can be found in Washington Business Journal, Bloomberg News, GovExec.com, the Journal of Change Management, and The Public Manager.
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