Image of Bridges' Transition Model, showing Endings, Neutral Zone, New Beginnings, with overlap between the three phases

Renaming The Neutral Zone

William Bridges’ model and his book label the phase between Endings and New Beginnings, ‘The Neutral Zone.’ ‘The Neutral Zone’ is such a clean and clinical term, midway between positive and negative. I think Bridges wimped out by giving such an innocuous label to such an amorphous time, but maybe he had to. Maybe it …

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Yellow cover of Transitions by William Bridges, 1980 edition

Three Phases of Transition

William Bridges wrote Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes. It’s a slim book, only 159 pages. But it holds a perspective that has helped me navigate many transitions, over many years. Bridges distinguishes between change and transition. Change is the  external difference—the new job, the new baby. Transition is the internal redefinition—I am a P&G …

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