Leading Change

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Harvard Business Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Business & Economics - 187 pages
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In Leading Change, John Kotter examines the efforts of more than 100 companies to remake themselves into better competitors. He identifies the most common mistakes leaders and managers make in attempting to create change and offers an eight-step process to overcome the obstacles and carry out the firm's agenda: establishing a greater sense of urgency, creating the guiding coalition, developing a vision and strategy, communicating the change vision, empowering others to act, creating short-term wins, consolidating gains and producing even more change, and institutionalizing new approaches in the future. This highly personal book reveals what John Kotter has seen, heard, experienced, and concluded in 25 years of working with companies to create lasting transformation. A Business Week Bestseller. "A truly accessible, clear, and visionary guide."--Publishers Weekly A solid, substantive work that goes beyond the clichis and the consultant-of-the-month's express down yet another dead-end street.... Highly recommended. --Library Journal "Leading Change is simply the best single work I have seen on strategy implementation."--William C. Finnie, Editor-in-Chief, Strategy & Leadership

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A great book for those of us involved in change management and a sense of urgency. Read full review

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Finished couple of weeks ago. Excellent book about trying to affect change in large organizations. An eight step process that might take decades to ensure the change is part of the org's culture and ... Read full review

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The EightStage Process 33
Establishing a Sense of Urgency 35
Creating the Guiding Coalition 51
Developing a Vision and Strategy 67
Communicating the Change Vision 85
Empowering Employees for BroadBased Action 101
Generating ShortTerm Wins 117
Consolidating Gains and Producing More Change 131
Anchoring New Approaches in the Culture 145
part in Implications for the Twentyfirst Century 159
Leadership and Lifelong Learning 175
About the Author 187

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John P. Kotter is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at Harvard Business School and is a frequent speaker at top management meetings around the world

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