Book Review

Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

William Bridges
Perseus Books Group

If you are the manager or owner of a business, this book can help you thrive on chaos and make the most of every situation. William Bridges, PhD, a business consultant, author, and speaker, has worked all over the world with managers and employees in several hundred organizations and corporations. This 130-page book provides insight into the challenge of encouraging others to accept change. Although it is written for managers of large organizations or corporations, the lessons provided apply to businesses of all sizes. As the book Who Moved My Cheese? explains the theory of change and how it is received, Managing Transitions provides business owners or managers with dozens of tactics and examples of how to manage and facilitate change in the workplace. The author explores the emotional effect of change on employees and provides suggestions for preventing disruption of the work flow, the productivity, and the synergism of an organization. Learning to adjust is essential because, according to the author, “change happens so frequently today that one change isn’t complete before another is being launched.”

Whether it is starting a new program, hiring a new staff member, having too few employees, or working with managed care organizations, we must learn to manage change in our business and our profession to succeed.

Reviewed By:  Dana Reed-Kane, PharmD, FIACP, FACA, FCP, NFPPhC
In:  May/Jun 2001