Topic 2: Introduction to Bridges Transition Model

The ending of anything can be quite distressing or there may be resistance to the change. Before we start something new, we need time to reflect before exploring a “New Beginning”.

The Bridges Transition Model explores how change goes through transition. It starts with the Ending, before moving into the Neutral Zone and then the New Beginning. Change can be tough, and many of us may try to avoid or ignore it and just focus on where we are now. In doing so, we can miss many opportunities. Avoid becoming change averse. For any business to be successful, it is necessary to be change focused.

Staying inside your comfort zone, could mean missing out on many exciting opportunities.

Being brave enough to move forward and encouraging others to do so too can be energising and can lead to great success.

Whether we like it or not, changes will happen in our life, whether on a personal level or a professional level. By recognising the human element of change, the transition to a new beginning becomes more achievable. Reflection is needed to identify what, if anything, can be taken from the old.

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Bridges Transition Model

In your business, the Bridges model can be used many times as the business changes and progresses. Firstly, to be successful, you must be change focused. Recognise that something is ending, whether it is a strand or element of the business, like a shop or branch closing.

Change can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. Moving into the neutral zone, you will adapt and reflect. Maybe you have new premises in a different location or maybe you have transferred your work online. Either way using the Bridges model will help you to navigate change positively. Change will introduce you and your team to new experiences and new beginnings.

Embrace the Bridges model to help you and your team understand the change process and implement change effectively.