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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (250 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Bridges Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 concrete situational shifts are often not as difficult for employees and managers to work through as the psychological transitions that accompany them. Organizational transitions affect people; it is always people who have to embrace a new situation and carry out the corresponding changes.

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 for morale and stability. 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 corporate ladder, this thoroughly updated and expanded edition of the best selling Managing Transitions provides practical, step-by-step strategies for reaching goals and minimizing the disruptions caused by workplace change. It is an invaluable managerial tool for navigating an inevitably tumultuous time.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Molli | 2/18/2014

    " Written more for the manager/executive handling major transitions (plant closings, mass layoff, etc.) than the layperson dealing with more day-to-day changes, but very thought-provoking and highly re-readable. A bit idealistic, perhaps, but certainly geared at erring on the side of sensitivity and compassion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jason | 2/17/2014

    " needed to read this one before the acquistion...great book for those buying a company "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Agnes | 2/11/2014

    " For work, obviously. About 30 of our staff are about to "transition" into new jobs under a scheme to streamline the administrative positions in our agency in order to build a career ladder for admin staff, so they don't get stuck in the same position for 20 years and can take on management responsibilities. It's a huge project because not only will these 30 people experience the change of starting all new functions and giving up their old roles, but the probably 200 other staff who work with them will also have to adjust. Anyhow, we're doing a session on this book during the orientation for the 30 people moving into new positions. The book's premise is useful - when it comes to people, you don't manage change so much as you manage the transition process brought about by the change. The author sets up a three phase model that probably fairly accurately describes what happens in these cases (not that I'd know yet). The first stage is letting go of the old order, then there's a neutral zone where no one really knows what's going on because they've let go of the old ways but new ways haven't settled in yet, and only after this does the new beginning come. Interesting case studies and examples make for a more interesting read than you'd expect and the suggestions for addressing each phase are also useful. The author's premise is openness - to share as much information with staff as is available to management, even if plans are not yet firm - which is seems like a good rule of thumb to follow in any situation. In terms of a management text, it probably deserves 4 stars, but it did not make for all-absorbing Metro reading, no matter how hard I tried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shea | 2/8/2014

    " I had to read this book for work but I actually really enjoyed it. It is a great book for anyone who is experiencing change in their workplace. "

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