Managing Transitions, 2nd Edition: Making the Most of Change

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From the most trusted voice on transition, the nationally best selling edition of the classic guide to dealing with the human side of organizational change.





The business world is a place of constant change, with stories of mergers, layoffs, bankruptcy, and restructuring appearing in the news every day....

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Overview

From the most trusted voice on transition, the nationally best selling edition of the classic guide to dealing with the human side of organizational change.





The business world is a place of constant change, with stories of mergers, layoffs, bankruptcy, and restructuring appearing in the news every day. No matter the scale, when these kinds of changes hit the workplace, the literal, situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees and managers to work through as the psychological transitions that accompany them. Indeed, organizational transitions effect people; it is always people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change.


Without a clear understanding of what transition does to employees and what employees in transition can, in turn, do to an organization, 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 in detail, successful organizational change takes place when employees have a purpose, a mental picture, a plan for, and a part to play in change. In short, successful change takes place only when employees are "on board" with it.


Directed at managers on all rungs of the proverbial corporate ladder, this thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the bestselling Managing Transitions provides practical, step-by-step strategies for reaching this goal and for minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. It is an invaluable managerial tool for navigating an inevitably tumultuous time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596590946
  • Publisher: Gildan Audio
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Series: Your Coach in a Box Ser.
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

William Bridges is a consultant and lecturer based in Mill Valley, California. Formerly a professor of English, he made a shift to the field of transitional management in the mid-1970's. Out of his workshops grew a long career helping others through transitions. Past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, Bridges was rated by the Wall Street Journal in 1993 as one of the ten most popular executive development consultants in the United States.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 It Isn't the Changes That Do You In 3
Ch. 2 A Test Case 11
Ch. 3 How to Get People to Let Go 23
Ch. 4 Leading People Through the Neutral Zone 39
Ch. 5 Launching a New Beginning 57
Ch. 6 Transition, Development, and Renewal 76
Ch. 7 How to Deal with Nonstop Change 99
Ch. 8 A Practice Case 121
Ch. 9 Conclusion 137
App. A Assessing Your Transition Readiness 143
App. B Planning for Transition 146
App. C Setting up a Transition Monitoring Team 148
App. D Career Advice for Employees of Organizations in Transition 151
App. E The Leader's Role in Times of Transition 154
Index 159
About the Author 164
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    A Must Read!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2000

    Moving changes to transtions

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    A very helpful book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Do you feel like your stuck, like everyone else but you is moving on, feel like your on a merry-go-round, feel like you have hit a wall and cant go on, feel like you cant make sense of your life, do you feel lost? If so then this is the book for you!

    Brides in his books on Transition, making sense of life's changes by way of metaphors, personal stories, and examples from history such as the Biblical account of Moses leading the Israelites through the dessert to the promised land, or The epic greek tales of Homer's Illiad and Odyessus gives to us a model of change experienced by everyone at some point in their life. His model for change called transitions (moving along) begins with endings-described as a feeling, the need to move onward but not knowing how or cant and so remains stuck, followed by the nuetral zone, a desert experience of feeling alone,confused and lost, but is in fact a time of self-exploration, revelations, and finally illumination-New Beginnings. If you feel stuck and cant move on from agony to ecstasy, than this is the book for you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    Excellent book on the human perspective of change

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Just ordering this book now.

    Just ordering this book now.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Solid book

    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.

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