A Sense of Urgency

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Harvard Business Press, 2008 - Business & Economics - 196 pages
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Most organizational change initiatives fail spectacularly (at worst) or deliver lukewarm results (at best). In his international bestseller Leading Change, John Kotter revealed why change is so hard, and provided an actionable, eight-step process for implementing successful transformations. The book became the change bible for managers worldwide.

Now, in A Sense of Urgency, Kotter shines the spotlight on the crucial first step in his framework: creating a sense of urgency by getting people to actually see and feel the need for change.

Why focus on urgency? Without it, any change effort is doomed. Kotter reveals the insidious nature of complacency in all its forms and guises.

In this exciting new book, Kotter explains:

How to go beyond "the business case" for change to overcome the fear and anger that can suppress urgency

Ways to ensure that your actions and behaviors -- not just your words -- communicate the need for change

How to keep fanning the flames of urgency even after your transformation effort has scored some early successes

Written in Kotter's signature no-nonsense style, this concise and authoritative guide helps you set the stage for leading a successful transformation in your company.

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

Fantastic book with direct application to the work environment with very little of what I call touchy feely philosophizing. Many bookmarks on pages I need to copy and commit to memory. Read full review

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User Review  - Goodreads

OK book. Discusses difference between complacency, urgency and false urgency in the business world. Some good stories, but as with many business books, too much external consultant feel and too wordy Read full review

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John P. Kotteris Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School, and is widely regarded as the world's foremost authority on leadership and change.

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