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Sense of Urgency

John P Kotter

In his international bestseller "Leading Change," Kotter provided an action plan for implementing successful transformations. Now, he 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.

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Publisher: Harvard Business School Press
Publish Date: 08/05/2008
Pages: 196
ISBN-13: 9781422179710
ISBN-10: 1422179710
Language: English

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September 10, 2008

ChangeThis: Issue 50

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That's right folks, Issue number 50. For this landmark issue, we brought ChangeThis founder Seth Godin back to discuss Tribes, the opportunities now available to lead a tribe of one's own, and what the Grateful Dead has to do with any of it. Next up, we have John Kotter, providing us with A Sense of Urgency while writing about its fundamental importance to organizational change programs. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 12, 2008

A Sense of Urgency by John Kotter, Harvard Business School Press, 196 pages, $22. 00 Hardcover, 190 pages, September 2008, ISBN 9781422179710 In 1997, Harvard Business School Press released the best book on change that I have ever read, entitled Leading Change. Authored by Professor John Kotter, it is so good that Todd and I included it in our book, The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, due out in February of 2009. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 03, 2008

If you follow business books, you no doubt know that The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs award one book each year The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. What you may have escaped your business book radar is The Financial Times Management Blog and their picks of the 2008 crop. Most of the books that made the FT/Goldman Sachs shortlist made this list as well (I'll point them out below), the sole exception being William J. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

July 16, 2009

Yes, Spring has come and gone and now the lazy days of summer lie ahead. For some anyway. While many go on vacation (perhaps to a Six Flags for a new coaster ride or two) others are still reading away during the hot months of the year. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 05, 2008

Amazon's Best of 2008

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Amazon has posted its editors' picks for 2008. In the Business & Investing category, they chose: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Bantam A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter, Harvard Business School Press (Jack Covert Selects) The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It by John Gerzema, Jossey-Bass The Momentum Effect: How to Ignite Exceptional Growth by J. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 02, 2008

Welcome Back Kotter

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Today marks the release of John Kotter's latest book, A Sense of Urgency, by Harvard Business School Press. Kotter has written about urgency before. . READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 12, 2008

The books on our 2008 shortlist for the Leadership Category are: Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin (Portfolio, October 2008) This may be Seth Godin's most important book yet. It's human nature to want to be part of a group that shares a connection, passion and a common leader: a tribe. Technologies today have changed the make-up and creation of tribes, enabling them to communicate and grow in ways not possible in the past. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 17, 2008

Business Pundit knows business books well, and has chosen the 10 from 2008 they think are the best. I think they have the right idea in describing the popular feelings of the year: 2008 came in two parts. Part I, which ran through Bear Stearns, carried the vestiges of prior years, when we thought we could get away with everything, never anticipating that in actuality, everything would get away from us. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 17, 2008

Booklist Top 10

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Brad Hooper of the American Library Association's Booklist Online has posted his list of 2008's top 10 business titles (that have been reviewed on Booklist over the past year). The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr, W. W. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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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 successes Written 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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