A Sense of Urgency

A Sense of Urgency

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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 successesWritten 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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Harvard Business School professor and leadership expert John P. Kotter outlines four helpful tactics to create what he believes will enhance any business: a constant sense of urgency. — PINK, September – October 2008 Issue

Instilling urgency in employees is critical to getting organizations to switch directions–it’s just that arguing the business case using facts alone won’t create that urgency, says Kotter. Rather, you have to tug at people’s heartstrings. Instead of showing them your case on PowerPoint, for instance, tell a story. That’s one of many on-target suggestions on how to make people truly want change in the latest from this author of several books about leadership. — Entrepreneur.com, September 2008

Kotter s new book, A Sense of Urgency, is excellent. It is stimulating, a thoughtful extension of his work, filled with actionable and practical tools for creating the kind of productive urgency that contributes to successful change. — Fast Company, September 11, 2008

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Instilling urgency in employees is critical to getting organizations to switch directions–it’s just that arguing the business case using facts alone won’t create that urgency, says Kotter. Rather, you have to tug at people’s heartstrings. Instead of showing them your case on PowerPoint, for instance, tell a story. That’s one of many on-target suggestions on how to make people truly want change in the latest from this author of several books about leadership.

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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 successesWritten 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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