On a rainy evening in Paris, just before New Year’s, I was leaving my hotel for dinner when I received an email from my publisher. Would I be interested in writing a revision of Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change for a 25th anniversary release? While the original concepts remained timely and relevant, this was the perfect opportunity to bring fresh and updated material into the work. Of course, I would!

Bill and I met thirty years ago as professional colleagues, married a decade later, merged our businesses, and began an extraordinary journey. We shared a mutual respect, ideas, writing and consulting, laughter, encouragement, and steadfast love through the years, as we partnered in life and work.

In navigating the transitions in my own life since Bill’s death, I am continually inspired by the timeless wisdom of his insights. Every day brings reminders that the essence of life lies in transition—where hope, creativity, insight and possibility reside. Transition is at the heart of renewal and transformation. Renewal can occur whenever you relinquish something significant and follow life’s invitation towards new energy and a fresh purpose.

Bill left a rich legacy in his work, which continues today. He had the ability to present deep thoughts in a way that everyone can relate to. New generations and audiences continue to discover and find meaning in this work.

In working with organizations and individuals over the decades, I have seen and heard firsthand how people feel when their lives are affected by change, either on the individual or corporate level. They have never before experienced the types of unprecedented and simultaneous changes that they are now. There is a pervasive sense of uncertainty and fear. The workforce itself continues to change. We have diversity and inclusion of people with different backgrounds, more women in leadership roles, colleagues from multiple generations, and workers in remote locations. People must be able to think for themselves, work both independently and collaboratively with greater flexibility, be creative, take risks, and go the extra mile for optimal results.    

Recognizing the need for this edition to be brought into today’s world, I conducted extensive interviews, and have presented new case studies, examples and stories. Consultants, experts, clients and colleagues enthusiastically contributed perspective, expertise and stories about the global impact of change and how it puts organizations and industries in nonstop transition.

It has been inspiring to hear how clients have developed the life-long skills to manage transitions in their organizations and in their personal lives. It is gratifying to learn from them and share with you the ways in which they harness power for continued growth, renewal, and improved lives.

This book represents my promise and commitment to keep Bill’s work alive in the world, knowing that it helps people realize that there is a tried and true roadmap for change—and its resulting transitions—throughout their lives. 

  1. Jennifer Fondrevay says:

    Dear Susan – I simply wanted to say that I am thrilled to know that you have updated Managing Transitions. I myself am a huge fan of William Bridges’ Surviving Corporate Transition — that book kind of saved my life in 2012 when my company was acquired. And I referenced it again when I moved to another company and was suddenly thrust into the role of being an acquirer — and managing that team’s transition. It was a mess. So much so that I am now in the process of writing my own book on thriving through acquisition, in an effort to help more of those people who feel lost after being acquired to manage through it. It seems to me there are just not enough people/consultants who focus on that human part. I am thrilled to see you continue leading your transition efforts and would be honored to meet you, host your book launch in Chicago, buy you coffee or a drink. Please take this as a fellow corporate executive just transitioning herself and happy to find a common tribe member.

    • Susan Bridges says:

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about our work in Transition Management. It is always gratifying to hear how people have successfully integrated this process in their work and lives. I appreciate your support in keeping the legacy alive.

  2. Khalid Asad says:

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for continuing to update Williams work. I use his transition model with line staff as well as executives. Very powerful and informative and helps people take a broader look at change; not just the desired outcomes, but also the human and psychological side.

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