Most companies' change initiatives fail. Yours don't have to. If you listen to nothing else on change management, listen to these 10 articles (featuring "Leading Change" by John P. Kotter). We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles and selected the most important ones to help you spearhead change in your organization.
Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. In this article, John Kotter outlines the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts.
John Kotter, the world's foremost expert on business leadership, distills 25 years of experience into Leading Change. A must-have for any organization, this visionary and very personal audiobook is at once inspiring, clear-headed, and filled with important implications for the future. Kotter identifies an eight-step process that every company must go through to achieve its goal, and shows where and how people—good people—often derail.
This charming story about a penguin colony in Antarctica illustrates key truths about how deal with the issue of change: handle the challenge well and you can prosper greatly; handle it poorly and you put yourself at risk.
True urgency is a gut-level determination to move and win, now. Its practitioners are unusually alert. They come to work each day determined to achieve something important, and they shed irrelevant activities to move faster and smarter. Kotter reveals a distinctive view of the kind of urgency needed in every organization. He also highlights the insidious nature of its nemesis, complacency, in all its guises.
Kotter and co-author Dan S. Cohen delve deeper into the subject of change to get to the heart of how change actually happens. Through compelling, real-life stories from people in the trenches, in all kinds of organizations, the authors attack the fundamental problem that underlies every major transformation: How do you go beyond simply getting your message across to truly changing people's behavior?
You believe in a good idea. You know it could make a crucial difference for you, your organization, your community. You present it, hoping for enthusiastic support. Instead, you get confounding questions, inane comments, and verbal bullets. Before you know what’s hit you, your idea is dead, shot down. It doesn’t have to be this way, say John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead. In Buy-In, they reveal how to protect good ideas and win the support needed to deliver valuable results.
A new system allows the traditional hierarchy to operate in concert with a companywide “strategy network” that holds the key to nimble change.
These articles from Harvard Business Review ask: Where does an effective corporate renewal begin? Why do transformation efforts often fail? How do you balance all the components of a change plan? The 3 articles in this selection discuss the delicate art of change management. These articles originally appeared in print in Harvard Business Review and are now available in audio format exclusively through Audible.
In the groundbreaking new book Accelerate (XLR8), leadership and change management expert, and best-selling author, John Kotter provides a fascinating answer - and a powerful new framework for competing and winning in a world of constant turbulence and disruption. Kotter explains how traditional organizational hierarchies evolved to meet the daily demands of running an enterprise.
Complacency is a real problem in the workforce but panicking and crying wolf to combat it doesn't work. What John Kotter, author of That's Not How We Do It Here!, calls "sustained urgency" will eventually wear off and complacency will set in again. Instead, as research as shown, positive energy can be sustained over time without fading away. John has this and other tips for us on how to calibrate your management style to your company and the issues at hand.
You've got a great idea and you've made it all the way to that important meeting. Now you've just got to get everyone else to agree with you. John Kotter's new audiobook Buy In is for you. He's distilled the most common objections to ideas and written right responses to push back and not take "no" (or "not now" or "maybe tomorrow") for an answer.
Most organizational change initiatives fail spectacularly (at worst) or deliver lukewarm results (at best). In his international best seller 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.