Midlife as Change Facilitator

By Jacques Myburgh.

Published by The Organization Collection

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The Jung-Myers theory of personality, as formalised in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), is a well-known personality inventory. It can be used to describe emotionally-charged behaviour during stressful periods of organisational transition. Emotional intelligence is a popularised model of becoming aware of one’s own emotions and those of others, and managing the emotional relationship between people. A person can grow both in emotional intelligence and in personality. Midlife, or midlife transition, can also be described as type development in the Jung-Myers theory. Both periods of growth may begin in the late-thirties to mid-forties. This growth phase is often described as an experience in ‘liminality’. Similar to being in the midst of organisational transition, being in liminality is being on the threshold or doorway of something new, something unknown. Developing one’s type and growing in emotional intelligence lead to a new level of maturity and wisdom – wisdom about oneself as well as others, and how to manage relationships during stressful times. A successful midlife transition equips people with awareness, knowledge and experience that can be used to assist others during the next period of organisational change – be that a merger, management change or a new software system implementation. OD practitioners can take note of the relationship between organisational change and midlife transition.

Keywords: Organisational Change, Organisational Behaviour, Emotional Intelligence, Personality, Midlife Transition, Wisdom

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp.143-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 835.917KB).

Jacques Myburgh

Specialist: Business & Internal Processes, Office for Continual Improvement, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

After earning his B degree in Information Systems & Geology at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa in 1990, Jacques began work in the ICT Industry. Over the years he performed several roles, including that of software developer, database administrator, project & programme manager, project office manager, business & processes specialist and management consultant. In 2004 he completed an MBA at Oxford-Brookes University in the UK, focusing on strategic marketing management, and change facilitation using psychological type and emotional intelligence. Jacques’ main interest lies in management coaching, business intelligence (transforming data to information to knowledge to wisdom) and behaviour during change. He currently works at T-Systems South Africa (Pty) Ltd, the largest ICT company in South Africa. In the world of coaching, Jacques brands himself as Existential Coach, assisting people to create new meaning during the life stage of midlife. His current research is in the efficacy and effectiveness of coaching (as part of an MPhil in Management Coaching at the University of Stellenbosch Business School), and in the dynamics of midlife coaching.


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