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Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change Paperback – September 22, 2009
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“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.”
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Bridges asserts that transition is not synonymous with "change." A change occurs when something in the external environment is altered. In an organizational setting this would include changes in management, organizational structure, job design, systems, processes, etc. These changes trigger an internal psychological reorientation process in those who are expected to carry out or respond to the change. Transition is this internal process that people must go through in order to come to terms with a new situation. Unless transition occurs, change will not work.
Bridges believes that the failure to identify and prepare for the inevitable human psychological adjustments that change produces is the largest single problem that organizations encounter when they implement major change initiatives.
Unfortunately, many managers, when confronted with predictable change-induced resistance by those charged with implementing a change, respond in punitive and inappropriate ways that only serve to undermine the change effort. Due to their lack of understanding of transition, they do not possess the skills to facilitate it effectively.
Leaders and managers often assume that when necessary changes are decided upon and well planned, they will just happen.Read more ›
This book is well organized, breaking down transition into three phases. Phase I: "The Letting Go Stage", Phase II: "The Neutral Zone" and Phase III: "The New Beginning" In each phase William helps us understand what to anticipate and gives us extremely practical advice and checklists.
I also enjoy the awesome quotes throughout the book. Here are some great qoutes from Phase II:
"It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's the place inbetween that we fear... It's like being between trapezes." Marilyn Ferguson
"It takes nine months to have a baby, no matter how many people you can put on the job." American saying
"An adventure is only an inconvience rightly understood. An inconvience is only an adventure wrongly understood." C.K. Chesterton
Get the book. It is well worth your investment. It will help you with your greatest asset: PEOPLE.
The Problem [Bridges provides "a new and useful perspective on the difficulties ahead" and then a test case which illustrates that perspective]
The Solutions [Bridges suggests all manner of ways to apply what is learned from the previous Part]
Dealing with Nonstop Change in the Organization and Your Life [Bridges suggests a number of strategies by which to cope with rapid change, both organizationally and personally]
In 1991, Bridges was convinced that it is impossible to achieve any desired objectives without getting to "the personal stuff"; the challenge is to get people to stop doing whatever "the old way" and that cannot be accomplished impersonally. He was also convinced that transition management requires experience and abilities we already possess as when we struggle, for example, to "figure out a tactful response in a difficult situation." However, the strategies of transition management he suggests may require mastery of certain techniques which we "can easily learn.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book is tedious, abstract. Where are the cliff notes! This could have been a great pamphlet. Alas, it is a rough readPublished 1 month ago by Michael J. Greiner
Very clear and concise explanations of the issues of change and transitions and how to manage them. Will put to use for as long as one wants.Published 1 month ago by Wolf Gator
Great resource for anyone who is looking to understand where they as in life and how to move forward. We are all in a transition and most are stuck. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony Eggleston
This was ordered for my bosses who are leaving the church they started 19 years ago, and the book will help them guide the staff and congregants through the transition. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Terry Lee Cox
The change process is like the grieving process. This book will help clarify what you are feeling!Published 5 months ago by Michael S. Williams
An invaluable book about managing transitions. Bridges has written a ton of books on transitions and management. This book is a great book on the subject. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jon Greenhill