George's journey is truly inspiring: from Ohio farm boy, to Catholic seminary, to hostage negotiator — George now is a global reference for High Potential Leadership. So how did a hostage negotiator become the global reference of High Potential Leadership? Contributor Sunita Sehmi explains more in an interview with George.
How did you manage with your own transitions in your own life?
I have had many secure bases in my life. My definition of a "secure base" is a person, place, and goal or objects that provides a sense of protection, safety and caring and offers a source of inspiration and energy for daring, exploration, risk taking and seeking challenge.
You often say, "You can't say a proper hello unless you say a proper goodbye." What do you mean by that?
Grief can happen every time there is a break in a "bond", which could be a move to another country. My primary focus is on grief in everyday life, both personal and organizational. Have you gotten over pain to fully reconnect to your everyday life to live your dreams?
How does grief play a role for the expat community?
Everybody goes through losses, big and small the loss of a home, community, friends and family. The question you need to ask yourself is will you allow a loss to hold you "hostage" and limit you in your future endeavors, by focusing on regret, guilt or unresolved grief? Or will the experience of loss enable you to fi nd a new identity or goal, re-connect with people, and enjoy life again?
What is your golden tip for coping with transitions?
Accept, acknowledge your confl icts, and think of it as a learning opportunity. I encourage the international community to connect with the local community, build relationships and take this as a learning experience.