Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

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by William Bridges
     
 

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The business world is transforming. Stories of layoffs, bankruptcy, mergers, and restructuring appear in the news every day. When these changes hit the workplace, the actual situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees and managers to work through as the psychological components that accompany them. Indeed, organizational transitions affect

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The business world is transforming. Stories of layoffs, bankruptcy, mergers, and restructuring appear in the news every day. When these changes hit the workplace, the actual situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees and managers to work through as the psychological components that accompany them. Indeed, organizational transitions affect people; it is always people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change.

The job of managing workplace change can be difficult; managed poorly, the result can be disastrous to the morale and stability of the staff. As veteran business consultant William Bridges explains, successful organizational change takes place when employees have a clear purpose, a plan for, and a part to play in their changing surroundings. Directed at managers on all rungs of the proverbial corporate ladder, this expanded edition of the classic bestseller provides practical, step-by-step strategies for minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. It is an invaluable managerial tool for navigating these tumultuous, uncertain times.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Bookviews blog, October
“Filled with excellent advice for those in leadership positions who need a clear understanding of what change does to employees and what employees in transition can do to an organization.”

Alaska Journal of Commerce, 12/13/09
“If your giftee has experienced a lot of change this year (or anticipates some in 2010), wrap up Managing Transitions…This book includes thought-provoking quizzes.” Toronto Globe and Mail, 8/3/10 #7 on the “Bestselling Business Books” list

Sandra Ford, President of the School Nutrition Association, quoted in Food Management, March 2013“The most important book I’ve read recently.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738213804
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
09/22/2009
Edition description:
Third Edition, Revised and Updated for the New Work Environment
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
67,829
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author


William Bridges, PhD, is an internationally known speaker, consultant, and author. For nearly three decades, he has shown thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations how to deal productively with change. He lives in Mill Valley, California, with his wife.

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Managing Transitions 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most succinct and clearly written business books you will ever read. Author William Bridges uses language with care and precision, delivering the goods without any superfluous jargon. He cites many welcome quotations on change and innovation from a wide range of writers and thinkers whose work is not usually found in business books. He places these quotations in context with aptly chosen examples of recent business transitions, bringing intelligence and sensibility to a subject too often addressed only with clichés and cant. Only those who have read many business books can fully appreciate the value of such an approach. Others will merely find that they are able to read this book from cover to cover without at any point having to wonder what the author really means to say. Managing transitions is really about helping people deal with fear and uncertainty ¿ the key is to build trust and confidence. Everything Bridges says flows from that common sense insight, and seems obvious and necessary once he says it, though it may not seem as evident to you until you read his book. We highly recommends that you do so.
Beasliffe More than 1 year ago
As a pastor, a lot of my life is about being in transition or helping others to make transitions. Though this book is almost completely from a business perspective, I've found it very helpful in highlighting the difference between change (an event) and transition (a process for dealing with change) and in the concept of the Chaos Zone as a key part of transition.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fast, but valuable read on the human dynamics of change. It helps you understand why some people seem slow to change, when in fact their really slow to transition. The book teaches that understanding the process of transition is key to dealing with these people.
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Just ordering this book now.
TheSue More than 1 year ago
Good book that provides the basics of change management. The Moses analogy was a bit much. Would rather have had more stories than that repeated illustration.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bridges has so simply stated the phases that individuals go thru in a org'l transition which is key for leaders & CEO's who mostly focus on laying out the change plan first and people later. This is a must-read book for organizations who are contemplating change initiatives.