Professor and best-selling author John P. Kotter is a significant thinker on leadership and change. Here, he shows with concrete – if lengthy – examples how organizations fall prey to complacency or fake urgency, which leaves them spinning in circles and accomplishing little. Kotter details the way a few enlightened organizations handle true urgency. They don’t miss golden opportunities or let destructive hazards overtake them. If your organization doesn’t operate this way, Kotter insists, competition will leave it behind. He emphasizes that change is now a constant. While many of today’s business authors also stress this point, Kotter wrote this book in 2008. He believes that any meaningful change initiative requires organizational awareness of what constitutes true urgency. Urgency recognizes that “the world contains great opportunities and great hazards.” It is always time to “move and win now.”
About the Author
John P. Kotter is Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School. His books include Leading Change and Our Iceberg is Melting.
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6 years agoReally like 'series of actions to succeed in changing world' and 'Bringing the Outside In' segments - effective approaches to both setting your 'organizational mind-set' and relationship building with employees and customers alike, respectively.