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.
STAFF PICKS: International Best Sellers for June
Posted July 16, 2009, 3:01 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Yes, Spring has come and gone and now the lazy days of summer lie ahead. For some anyway. While many go on vacation (perhaps to a Six Flags for a new coaster ride or two) others are still reading away during the hot months of the year.
STAFF PICKS: On this last day of 2008, here's the best of 2008.
Posted December 31, 2008, 4:22 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
With the end of the year comes reflection on the highs and lows. This week three more rankings of the best of business books were published. The lists of Gary H.
JACK COVERT SELECTS: The Best Books of 2008 - Business Pundit Edition
Posted December 17, 2008, 3:24 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
Business Pundit knows business books well, and has chosen the 10 from 2008 they think are the best. I think they have the right idea in describing the popular feelings of the year: 2008 came in two parts. Part I, which ran through Bear Stearns, carried the vestiges of prior years, when we thought we could get away with everything, never anticipating that in actuality, everything would get away from us.
NEWS & OPINION: The 2008 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards - Leadership
Posted December 12, 2008, 8:24 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
The books on our 2008 shortlist for the Leadership Category are:
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin (Portfolio, October 2008) This may be Seth Godin's most important book yet. It's human nature to want to be part of a group that shares a connection, passion and a common leader: a tribe. Technologies today have changed the make-up and creation of tribes, enabling them to communicate and grow in ways not possible in the past.
JACK COVERT SELECTS: Best Books of 2008 From the FT Management Blog
Posted December 3, 2008, 3:48 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
If you follow business books, you no doubt know that The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs award one book each year The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. What you may have escaped your business book radar is The Financial Times Management Blog and their picks of the 2008 crop. Most of the books that made the FT/Goldman Sachs shortlist made this list as well (I'll point them out below), the sole exception being William J.