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Leading Change

Leading Change by John P. Kotter is a book about the eight-step process for leading successful change. It was first published in 1996 and has since become a classic in the field of change management.

My opinion: as executive, we all know how difficult it is to adapt organizations. Here, this very clever, easy-to-read, fun and simple book gives a clear methodology to proceed with the transformation of an organization. For me, it is a must-read book for any executive!

  • Summary:

    • The book argues that change is a complex and challenging process.

    • It requires careful planning and execution in order to be successful.

    • Kotter's eight-step process provides a framework for leaders to follow to increase their chances of success.

  • Key takeaways:

    • Establish a sense of urgency: Leaders must create a sense of urgency among the organization in order to motivate people to change.

    • Form a guiding coalition: A guiding coalition is a group of people who are committed to the change and have the power to make it happen.

    • Develop a vision and strategy: The vision is a clear and compelling picture of the future state of the organization. The strategy is a plan for how the organization will achieve the vision.

    • Communicate the vision and strategy: The vision and strategy must be communicated clearly and effectively to the entire organization.

    • Empower others to act: Leaders must create an environment where people feel empowered to take risks and make changes.

    • Generate short-term wins: Short-term wins are important to maintain momentum and motivation.

    • Consolidate gains and produce even more change: Once the organization has achieved some success, it is important to build on that success and continue to change.

    • Institutionalize new approaches: New approaches must be embedded in the organization's culture and processes in order to be sustainable.


  • Leading Change is a must-read for any leader who is responsible for leading change.

  • The book is well-written and provides practical advice that can be applied to any organization.

  • Leading Change is a valuable resource for leaders of all levels.

By following Kotter's eight-step process, leaders can increase their chances of leading successful change.


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