William Bridges (author)

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William Bridges (1933 – February 17, 2013) was an American author, speaker, and organizational consultant. He emphasized the importance of understanding transitions as a key for organizations to succeed in making changes. He says transition is the psychological process of adapting to change. Transition consists of three phases: letting go of the past, the "neutral zone" where the past is gone but the new isn't fully present, and making the new beginning.[1]

He was educated at Harvard (BA, English), Columbia (MA, American History) and Brown (PhD, American Civilization) Universities [2] and taught American Literature at Mills College until 1974,when he became a consultant.

Bridges died on February 17, 2013, from complications of Lewy body disease at his home in Larkspur. He was 79.[3]


  • Managing Transitions ISBN 0-7382-1380-2
  • Transitions ISBN 0-7382-0904-X
  • The Way of Transition ISBN 0-7382-0529-X
  • Creating You & Co ISBN 0-7382-0032-8


  1. ^ Managing Transitions p 4,5
  2. ^ "Obituary". NY Times. March 3, 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  3. ^ "William Bridges, Larkspur author of books on life changes, dies at 79". marinij.com. Retrieved 2017-12-12.

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