Managing Transitions 3rd Ed.

Making the Most of Change

William Bridges

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey, 2009, 167 pages

ISBN: 978-1-85788-541-5

Keywords: Change Management

Last modified: Feb. 26, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

From the most trusted voice on transition comes the latest edition of the classic guide to dealing with the human side of organizational change. It includes a new introduction and provides step-by-step strategies for minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change.

Managin Transitions addresses the fact that it is people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding change. The good news is that while the changes we are facing differ from any we've experienced before, the transition process by which people get through change does not alter and is outlined in this book. It helps you understand what is happening and navigate the transitions successfully.

Whenever an organization makes a change, its people first have to deal with an ending; then with a time in between the old and the new that Bridges calls the "neutral zone"; and then with a new beginning.

In this third edition of a book that has sold over 500,000 copies, William Bridges has added a new Introduction about managing change in a world where all the rules have changed, particularlyu when information can travel around the globe in an instant. As he notes: "We are not saying that transition management is easy — just that you can do it. Which is a good thing, since you don't really have a choice. If you want to know where — and how — to start charting a way through chaos, this book is for you."

  • Part One: The Problem
    1. It Isn't the Changes That Do You In
    2. A Test Case
  • Part Two: The Solutions
    1. How to Get People to Let Go
    2. Leading People Through the Neutral Zone
    3. Launching a New Beginning
    4. Transition, Development, and Renewal
  • Part Three: Dealing with Nonstop Change in the Organization and Your Life
    1. How to Deal with Nonstop Change
  • Part Four: The Conclusion
    1. A Practice Case
    2. Conclusion
  • Afterword
  • Appendix A: Assessing Your Transition Readiness
  • Appendix B: Planning for Transition
  • Appendix C: Setting up a Transition Monitoring Team
  • Appendix D: Career Advice for Employees of Organizations in Transition
  • Appendix E: The Leader's Role in Times of Transition