Managing Transitions: Third Edition

Managing Transitions: Third Edition

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Bridges, William | Bridges, Susan Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2009
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Today’s leaders must face the challenge of being able to make changes in a quickly transforming landscape. These leaders must encourage employees to embrace change in order for companies to let go of the old ways and transition to the new. William and Susan Bridges offer the newest edition of Managing Transitions to help organizations hone their transition management skills to make the most of change initiatives. Transitions are challenging, but the authors propose that it is the transition that creates issues for organizations, not the change. Change occurs when a situation is different (i.e. a company reorganizes, a pension plan is modified, a president retires). Changes are situational and event-driven. A transition, on the other hand, is defined as the psychological process that individuals must undergo as a result of the change. People have difficulty coming to terms with transitioning to a new situation.