William Bridges


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William Bridges is an internationally known speaker, author, and consultant who advises individuals and organizations in how to deal productively with change.

Educated originally in the humanities at Harvard, Columbia, and Brown Universities, he was (until his own career change in 1974) a professor of American Literature at Mills College, Oakland, CA. He is a past president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. The Wall Street Journal listed him as one of the top ten independent executive development presenters in America.

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Transitions: Making Sense o...

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Managing Transitions: Makin...

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The Way of Transition: Embr...

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The Character of Organizati...

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Creating You & Co.: Learn T...

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Jobshift: How To Prosper In...

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Transition: The Personal Pa...

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A Year in the Life

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Surviving Corporate Transition

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“We resist transition not because we can't accept the change, but because we can't accept letting go of that piece of ourselves that we have to give up when and because the situation has changed.”
William Bridges, The Way Of Transition: Embracing Life's Most Difficult Moments

“In other words, change is situational. Transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is not those events, but rather the inner reorientation and self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life. Without a transition, a change is just a rearrangement of the furniture. Unless transition happens, the change won’t work, because it doesn’t “take.”
William Bridges, Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes

“transition always starts with an ending. To become something else, you have to stop being what you are now; to start doing things a new way, you have to end the way you are doing them now; and to develop a new attitude or outlook, you have to let go of the old”
William Bridges, Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes

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