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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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great for higher level execs

not for a front line or lower lever leader. too advanced for this. more on senior management

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

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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!

Any additional comments?

Great book and highly recommended

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  • RS
  • 2021-03-06

Great for execs, not so much for ICs

There is a heavy focus in the book on cultural changes and behavioral modifications that are typically controlled at the executive level. For readers that don't have executive authority but still need to manage or influence change, the guidance in the book is hard to apply. Perhaps there is no secret sauce other than top down support. I was hoping to glean more useful tidbits out of this for people having less power.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-02-09

Great Oldy that is still relevant today

Great book that affirmed a lot of behaviour regarding Change Management.

Relevant for longer running traditional companies steeped in the old ways of running business.

Would be interested in an update to this book that covers change in todays lean agile company types.

Still a classic by the father of Change Management

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  • S. Lamie
  • 2021-01-17

Not great

I was hoping for more. The book was mostly a collection of obvious generalities, not much meat.

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  • bdp
  • 2021-01-01

Solid Book on Change

This tells details a number of very real human issues surrounding change in a concise way.

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  • Lindseyjpugh23
  • 2020-12-20

Not impressed.

Supervisor suggested this to me. Most of Kotter's assertions about transformative change and culture seem obvious. He does a decent job backing his assertions with vignettes, but it doesn't make them any more revolutionary. His conclusion is irritating. As workers, manages, and leaders were all just going to have to do more for our organizations to stay competitive in the 21st century. Well, sure, but it seems like it's really easy for Kotter to come to this conclusion with very little, if any, consideration that employees may feel like they're doing enough and already on the end of a raw deal as is. If Kotter thinks the future is employees dedicating their lives to organizations or even career fields that don't retain or take care of them, he's mistaken. We'll find a better way and make today's businesses, with entitled executives, a thing of the past.