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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: May 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Mabry | 2/4/2014

    " Great book for the people side of change! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/24/2014

    " an accurate, practical book that takes you through the steps of organizational change. focuses on looking below the surface to how the people in the organization think about change, not just the administrative tasks that are necessary to make changes in an organization. very apropos of the transitions and movement within HAI where i'm working now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Griffiths | 1/21/2014

    " This book taught me some good points for dealing with times of transition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Len Egan | 1/16/2014

    " Great book about how an organization can make it through any change/transition period. Easy to read and the author gives tons of examples to help the reader understand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/15/2014

    " Really solid explanation and advice about the human side of change. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boris | 1/6/2014

    " really good insights, structures, and advice "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 12/12/2013

    " Great book! Thanks for the recommendation, Amy Shanholtzer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this book from page one to the end. Bridges presents an approach to managing transitions that is both intuitive and academic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/28/2013

    " Best book on how to manage yourself and other through change out there. Why is it good? Two primary reasons - approachable in writing style, easy to understand and apply theory. A very useful fairly quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew Hamilton | 11/28/2013

    " I'm reading this for the CAL Leadership Institute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Leonard | 11/5/2013

    " This book has been useful time and time again in the internal communications work I have done to support sustainable change management. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Mcclusky | 10/3/2013

    " William Bridges provides an easy common sense approach to dealing with organizational change. A must read for organizational development consultants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Keydel | 9/9/2013

    " Bridges has added much since the 1st Edition - well worth the time to revisit! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 3/9/2013

    " This will be a humbling read if your company is standing on their laurels rather than adjusting to the times. It also offers practical advice about change management through the telling of true stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/10/2012

    " A lot of great ideas and practical tools for understanding the fundamental difference between change and transition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 11/18/2012

    " Read JUN 2001 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Walker | 10/7/2012

    " Clear and economic in its presentation, this is a good book on transitional leadership and has the added quality that it doesn't hide behind a contrived storyline like so many other business books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 7/21/2012

    " This is an excellent book, and a very good read for anyone who has to manage people going through important changes. I have used this for students, for women and men transitioning from welfare to work and for adjudicated youth trying to make changes in the way they are living. Really insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 4/5/2012

    " Read this book each and every time your world is rocked by change, which should be every year or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 GiGi | 1/6/2012

    " I loved this book: very practical, easy to read. Good mix of theory and practical advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Westerville | 12/11/2011

    " "Instruction manual for helping yourself and others weather changes. Though the focus is on work transitions, this could easily be used as a guide for personal changes as well." -Tamara "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Young | 10/21/2011

    " Useful graphic with a) ending, losing, letting go, b) the neutral zone, and c) the new beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 7/27/2011

    " Helpful, but not a page turner. I'll likely refer back to it as the need arises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dale Critchley | 7/26/2011

    " Very practical guide to implementing change that offers a lot of good points of review. I made the mistake of getting the audiobook, but the reference and step-by-step content made me regret that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/10/2011

    " William Bridges provides an easy common sense approach to dealing with organizational change. A must read for organizational development consultants. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/28/2011

    " This is an excellent book, and a very good read for anyone who has to manage people going through important changes. I have used this for students, for women and men transitioning from welfare to work and for adjudicated youth trying to make changes in the way they are living. Really insightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 2/15/2011

    " Clear and economic in its presentation, this is a good book on transitional leadership and has the added quality that it doesn't hide behind a contrived storyline like so many other business books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Westerville | 9/3/2010

    " "Instruction manual for helping yourself and others weather changes. Though the focus is on work transitions, this could easily be used as a guide for personal changes as well." -Tamara "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/11/2010

    " This book taught me some good points for dealing with times of transition. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/13/2009

    " This will be a humbling read if your company is standing on their laurels rather than adjusting to the times. It also offers practical advice about change management through the telling of true stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 6/5/2009

    " I loved this book from page one to the end. Bridges presents an approach to managing transitions that is both intuitive and academic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 4/28/2009

    " I'm reading this for the CAL Leadership Institute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandy | 3/12/2009

    " Read this book each and every time your world is rocked by change, which should be every year or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/28/2008

    " Useful graphic with a) ending, losing, letting go, b) the neutral zone, and c) the new beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Len | 8/9/2008

    " Great book about how an organization can make it through any change/transition period. Easy to read and the author gives tons of examples to help the reader understand. "

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About 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.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.