Summary of A Sense of Urgency
Copyright 2008 John P. Kotter. Summarized by permission of Harvard Business Press
Practical guide to building a “sense of urgency” – a vital ingredient for business success
Complacent organizations simply cannot keep pace with today’s accelerating rate of change. Resting on your laurels is no longer viable. Competitors, evolving markets and technological developments will swamp organizations that try to sit things out on the sidelines. Today, organizations must adopt the “fierce urgency of now” ethos that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made famous in the 1960s. Business expert John P. Kotter explains why. His book tells leaders how to foster a “sense of urgency” among their employees. He contrasts “true urgency” with “false urgency” and discusses why negative pressure is counterproductive. getAbstract recommends his clear, enthusiastic book to executives who want to motivate employees, meet crucial goals and effect change in their organizations.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why few organizations operate with a “sense of urgency”
- Why this is a problem
- How to use four techniques to foster a high-urgency culture
About the Author
John P. Kotter is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School. His books include Leading Change and Our Iceberg Is Melting.
Comment on this summary
3 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.
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