What It Takes to Make a Major Change

October 11, 2021

It’s one thing to know you want to upgrade your work life. It’s another to take the steps necessary to establish a new routine and career outlook. There are three phases to any major life change, according to management research findings: separation, experimentation, and reintegration.

Making a change is possible, manageable, and worth the effort. As proof, two women who are well into the process reflect on the steps they took to come as far as they have, as well as the payoff they’ve seen in their lives.


Shilpa Bhandarkar is the CEO of the tech venture arm of a law firm.

Bridget O’Brien is a marketing director within a large health system.


  • “The 3 Phases of Making a Major Life Change,” by Herminia Ibarra
  • “How Dual-Career Couples Can Work Through the Coronavirus Crisis,” by Jennifer Petriglieri
  • “How Dual-Career Couples Make It Work,” by Jennifer Petriglieri

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