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Leading Change

Written by: John P. Kotter
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
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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.

The pressures on organizations to change will only increase over the next decades. Yet the methods managers have used to strengthen their companies—total quality management, reengineering, right sizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds—routinely fall short. In Leading Change, 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. Emphasizing again and again the critical need for leadership to make change happen, Leading Change provides unprecedented access to our generation's business master and a positive role model for leaders to emulate.

©1996 John P. Kotter (P)2007 Macmillan Audio

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Good content but it’s starting to get a little dated in terms of the current environment.

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amazing book must read for leadership skills

mazing book must read for leadership skills
i will highly recommend this book to everyone

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  • TM
  • 2017-11-06

Now to find opportunities to use this knowledge

I started this book due to a recommendation. Now I need to get a hard copy too - to dog ear and refer to daily. I wish all managers and "leaders" were tested in these capacities, but those fluent in change management are the exception not the rule.

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  • Marty
  • 2012-10-24

A Key Resource for Any Change Leader

The author opens this book with a discussion of the common errors people make in trying to implement organizational change. He then goes on to counteract those errors with his eight-stage process for implementing effective and sustainable change: 1) Establishing a sense of urgency; 2) Creating the guiding coalition; 3) Developing a vision and strategy; 4) Communicating the change vision; 5) Empowering a broad base of people to take action; 6) Generating short-term wins; 7) Consolidating gains and producing even more change; and 8) Institutionalizing new approaches into the culture. The first four stages are intended to defrost a hardened status quo, the next three introduce many new practices, and the final stage grounds the changes into the corporate culture and helps them stick. This book is a comprehensive approach to change management and highly recommended for anyone undertaking a major change effort within an organization.

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  • Kiko Gita-Tavis
  • 2012-05-01

An oldie but a goodie - and works well on audio

I'd read the hard copy of this several times and wanted to refamiliarise myself with the content before working with a client interstate. I listened to the audiobook on the 13-hour drive to the event and found it clear, engaging and easy to recall (although can't say if that would have been the case if I hadn't already been familiar with the material).
This remains for me one of the benchmark texts on organisational change and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in that area.

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  • Iosif
  • 2017-08-16

Missing Sections

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The audible book seems to be missing sections, there are quite a few instances where the sentence is cut off and a brand new one with a different topic starts. I am not sure what happened in the editing process

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  • William
  • 2016-04-29

Profound

This needs to be read. I wish I had before taking the effort to implement change in a previous company. Steps 1 & 2 were not satisfied and all efforts by the few involved floundered when they met opposing, complacent forces.

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  • Marcus
  • 2015-07-07

Great Read

What made the experience of listening to Leading Change the most enjoyable?

The engaging delivery of the narrator. He was easy to follow and made the listen enjoyable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Leading Change?

Understanding the importance of changing cultures in the 21st Century. It is extremely relevant and to hear them speak of this from 1996, shows the vastly changing business environment most firms are challenged with today.

What does Oliver Wyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The story telling comes to life. Story telling is key. Executives remember stories more than some data points. Great story telling in this book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Change is inevitable - learn to adapt!

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Great book and highly recommended

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  • erica
  • 2019-06-14

A big fan of this strategy.

In a constantly changing work environment these key ideas are helpful to ensure a successful change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-27

Easy Listen

this was a hard book to turn off. the narrator had a warm, pleasant, and engaging tone an meter. the story was laid out in a practical and easy to follow blueprint for making change. a must read for anyone who wants to bring change to their organisation, department, or work group.

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  • Toose
  • 2019-03-27

Timeless ideas

25 year old ideas still very relevant today. You can see the roots of today's thinking.

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  • EMG
  • 2019-03-01

Great book when introducing organizational change

This book is rich in content. It requires deep focus to truly absorb the content. I found myself rewinding some areas to ensure I grasp the full intent of what was said. Now that I finished the book and have a greater understanding on the topic, I will listen to it again.

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  • RC Hobby Guy
  • 2019-01-27

Comprehensive view

The fundamentals and challenges of culture change are well captured in this book. I’ve done culture change in the past and embarking on more initiatives now. This book was a good reminder and provides a guiding path. Also helps frame the challenges to properly balance current state with future, near term accomplishments with the long term. Recommend for anyone involved in changing culture at their business, which is most big companies today...