Summary of Managing Transitions

Making the Most of Change

Da Capo Press,
First Edition: 1991 more...

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Managing Transitions book summary
Corporate transitions begin with an ending and end with a beginning. What matters is how you treat people in between.


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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. getAbstract highly recommends that you do so.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to manage organizational change and transition
  • What concrete steps you can take to move employees through a transition successfully


Change and Transition
The thesaurus may say that change and transition are synonyms, but they aren’t – not really. Change is a matter of a different situation presenting itself: A new management team comes on board. A company downsizes. A change in location...
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About the Author

William Bridges is a consultant and lecturer based in Mill Valley, California. The Wall Street Journal has rated him one of the ten most popular executive development consultants in the United States. This book is an update of his 1991 classic. He is also the author of The Way of Transition: Embracing Life’s Most Difficult Moments, Transitions, JobShift and Creating You & Co.

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