Transition. — n 1. change or passage from one state or stage to another 2. the period of time during which something changes from one state or stage to another Origin: 1545–55; < Latin trānsitiōn- (stem of trānsitiō ) a going across, equivalent to trānsit ( us ) (past participle of transīre to cross; compare transit) + -iōn- -ion
After 4.5 years with AXIS, this is my first sense of transition with the company. Before now, I’d be quick to use words like ‘expansion’ or ‘growth’ to describe the feel of the company. Now: words more like ‘shift’ or ‘transition’.
When I step back to think about it, of course I’m feeling this here in the office. Our dancer make-up is shifting. Instead of working towards an end-of-year Home Season production, we’re pouring energy into planning for next year’s Anniversary celebration, our Board of Directors is in a season of change and more…
Perhaps as evidence of the transition we’re in or a product of the transition it seems like there have been more moments for reflection: a newly implemented goal to have quarterly Staff Retreats; attending the recent Dance/USA conference in San Francisco; grant reports that ask us to summarize what we’ve accomplished in the last funding cycle; Mollie’s recent findings from interviews conducted for a Leadership Development Institute she is participating in.
I imagine this reflective state to be what makes up the literal ‘period of time’ during which something changes from one state or stage to another. When you start to wrap your head around where you ‘were’ in an effort to think about where you are ‘headed’ and feel aware of the transition you are in the midst of. Often times this is where discomfort and fear can enter, where sadness may coexist with anticipation and excitement. But somehow, that literal ‘period of time’ is necessary to get to the next place, to transition.
With our 25th Anniversary around the corner it seems totally appropriate to be in this time of ‘transition’. In fact, we’ve been brainstorming ways to remember, celebrate AXIS’ milestone birthday, and look forward to the next years and where we’re heading. So that’s where you can find me, alongside the other Company members, walking through the transition with AXIS. Uncertain in moments, but very excited & intrigued to see what the next state of AXIS will look like!
Post by Christy Rotman, Marketing & Office Administrator