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Accelerate

Building Stategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World
Narrated by: Chris Sorenson
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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Based on the award-winning article in Harvard Business Review, from global leadership expert John Kotter.

It's a familiar scene in organizations today: a new competitive threat or a big opportunity emerges. You quickly create a strategic initiative in response and appoint your best people to make change happen. And it does - but not fast enough. Or effectively enough. Real value gets lost and, ultimately, things drift back to the default status. Why is this scenario so frequently repeated in industries and organizations across the world?

In the groundbreaking new book Accelerate (XLR8), leadership, 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. For most companies, the hierarchy is the singular operating system at the heart of the firm. But the reality is, this system simply is not built for an environment where change has become the norm. Kotter advocates a new system - a second, more agile, network-like structure that operates in concert with the hierarchy to create what he calls a "dual operating system" - one that allows companies to capitalize on rapid-fire strategic challenges and still make their numbers.

Accelerate (XLR8) vividly illustrates the five core principles underlying the new network system, the eight accelerators that drive it, and how leaders must create urgency in others through role modeling. And perhaps most crucial, the book reveals how the best companies focus and align their people's energy and urgency around what Kotter calls the big opportunity. If you're a pioneer, a leader who knows that bold change is necessary to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world, this book will help you accelerate into a better, more profitable future.

©2014 John P. Kotter (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Vernon Stinebaker
  • 15-01-2019

More fluff than stuff

Beginning with a slight rehashing of the 8 stage change process for which he is known, the author then describes a two operating system approach, with the left-hand system is the current hierarchy while the right side is described as a network structure. It’s not lost on me that the metaphor used to describe the network is the solar system, which is predictable; there’s not much dynamic here, and little guidance on how the right-hand (network) system forms or works. Also, at least in the audiobook, there are no details regarding the organizations purportedly using this approach. I’m confident there are other titles that provide more insight and guidance into structures and approaches to building agile organizations than this book. Move along, there’s nothing to see here.

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  • Escape Artist
  • 11-10-2018

Good book but awful narration.

Going back and forth between the book and the audiobook as my schedule permitted but I really did not like the narration. It was at times flat and at other times overly dramatic in pronunciation and pauses. The verbal emphasis was placed on all the wrong words and phrases. Really difficult to unpack the content while hearing such awkward narration.

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  • tmr0861
  • 25-07-2018

Great content, horrible narration

This is one of the worse narrative books I have listened to. I listened on 1.25 speed just to make it tolerable.

The story/content was excellent!

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  • Joy O. Hughey
  • 05-06-2018

Dull

I found myself often zoning out while listening to this book. The reader was dull and unengaging.

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  • PS
  • 09-08-2017

Good concepts / boring narration

I appreciated the concepts discussed and the review of the accelerators - but it was a very boring narration.

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  • A. Sheikh
  • 21-06-2017

Interesting

The concept is interesting but not terribly well explained. The narrator's voice is monotonous and very annoying.