Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

ISBN: 0738208248
ISBN 13: 9780738208244
By: William Bridges

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About this book

The business world is a place of constant change, with stories of corporate mergers, layoffs, bankruptcy, and restructuring hitting the news every day. Yet as veteran consultant William Bridges maintains, the situational changes are not as difficult for companies to make as the psychological transitions. In the best-selling Managing Transitions, Bridges provides a clear understanding of what change does to employees and what employees in transition can do to an organization. Directed at managers and employees in today's corporations, Bridges shows how to minimize the distress and disruptions caused by change. Managing Transitions addresses the fact that it is people who have to carry out the change. When the book was originally published a decade ago, Bridges was the first to provide any real sense of the emotional impact of change and what can be done to keep it from disrupting the entire organization. With new information and commentary on layoffs, corporate suspicion, and the increasing tumult in the business world, Managing Transitions remains the definitive guide to dealing with change.

Reader's Thoughts

Erica

being in a position to shepherd a crowd through giant transition, happy to have an outside perspective... Already enjoying the distinction between change & transition. Excited about this.

GiGi

I loved this book: very practical, easy to read. Good mix of theory and practical advice.

Geoffrey Graham

External changes can lead to periods of transition. These can be losses in relationships, or changes in your home life, work, career or finances and/or personal changes. Internal shifts such as spiritual awakenings, psychological insights and/or changes in self-image can also result in periods of transition.Transition periods have three parts-an ending (of something), an in-between space and a new beginning. Each period or phase can be difficult, but the in-between space can often be the most confusing. We want to rush through it to the other side, when most often we need to just sit with it and see where it takes us.If you are in the midst of some life change or feel unsettled, anxious, or just plain old ‘discombobulated’, you may be in a period of transition. You are okay. What you are feeling is normal. You are not going crazy. Read this book to help find your way. It is easy to read and written in a manner that is both engaging and informative

Janet

In Managing Transitions, William Bridges sets out to help managers and others who want to introduce change - be it a total organiaational restructure or simply trying to get people to do things differently. The book is very practical - both easy to read and to apply the key concepts. Divided into four parts, Bridges takes the reader through how to understand just what change is, how it affects us, and most importantly, how to lead change. The key concept of leading change in this book, whilst not new, is the best that I have seen it explained. That is, that leading a change process is a three step process - "getting people to let go", "managing the transition (between the old and the new)" and "launching the new beginning". There is an article on Peter Drucker's non-profit website that summarizes Bridge's key concepts that is always worth reading again when embarking on any new adventure. I found the article on Drucker's site and then read Bridges whole book. The article covers the concepts well. -http://www.pfdf.org/knowledgecenter/j...

Marjorie Elwood

I have read this several times and each time found a different aspect that intrigued me. The book is about change within organizations and the different stages that people go through in wading their way through (and hopefully embracing) change. Laid out in easy-to-understand steps and terms, the author emphasizes the importance of communication and relationships at work.

Chris

Best book on how to manage yourself and other through change out there. Why is it good? Two primary reasons - approachable in writing style, easy to understand and apply theory. A very useful fairly quick read.

Juliegsorensen

I picked this up after a seminar I attended on change management. The speaker highly recommended this book. I found the basic concept of change as it compares against the grieving process understandable. I just got a little bored with the repetition and exercises in the book. Good reference material for a manager that is leading a company or department undergoing transition.

John Mcclusky

William Bridges provides an easy common sense approach to dealing with organizational change. A must read for organizational development consultants.

Pradeep Kumar

An easy to understand book on managing change and more importantly the transition.

John

This book changed how I understand Change Management. It's simple and straightforward.

Jason Galloway

needed to read this one before the acquistion...great book for those buying a company

Karen Elizabeth

Very helpful and easy to read. Reminds managers that change is a processand needs to be respectful of how employees experience transition. Was suggested to meand I will suggest it to others.

Bob Selden

In Managing Transitions, William Bridges sets out to help managers and others who want to introduce change – be it a total organisational restructure or simply trying to get people to do things differently. The book is very practical – both easy to read and to apply the key concepts. Divided into four parts, Bridges takes the reader through how to understand just what change is, how it affects us, and most importantly, how to lead change. The key concept of leading change in this book, whilst not new, is the best that I have seen it explained. That is, that leading a change process is a three step process – “getting people to let go”, “managing the transition (between the old and the new)” and “launching the new beginning”. I particularly liked the checklists at the end of each of the major chapters. Not only do they summarise the chapter content, they become a key planning tool for implementing change. They could also form the basis of a very effective training program on change. This is one of the best books I have read on change and is highly recommended to anyone who is faced with leading a change process.

Dave

A good book if you are in management, which I'm not. Also, the book might make more sense if you have read Transitions: Making sense of life's changes, which I have not, but am going to read next. Overall, I like his theory. I'm just struggling how to apply it to my life right now.

Craig Davison

Every manager of teams/people should read this. Especially if your organization is undergoing change. (and what organization isn't, these days?). Great next steps and check lists for you to leverage any time you need to reference. Be warned: you will wish you'd read this earlier as you reflect on how you could've managed change better. Live and learn!

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