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Leading Change Periodical

Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (Harvard Business Review)

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Businesses hoping to survive over the long term will have to remake themselves into better competitors at least once along the way. These efforts have gone under many banners: total quality management, reengineering, rightsizing, restructuring, cultural change, and turnarounds, to name a few. In almost every case, the goal has been to cope with a new, more challenging market by changing the way business is conducted. A few of these endeavors have been very successful. A few have been utter failures. Most fall somewhere in between, with a distinct tilt toward the lower end of the scale. John Kotter is renowned for his work on leading organizational change. In 1995, when this article was first published, he had just completed a 10-year study of more than 100 companies that attempted such a transformation. Here he shares the results of his observations, outlining the eight largest errors that can doom these efforts and explaining the general lessons that encourage success.

From the January 2007 issue of Harvard Business Review.

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    "Misidentified on Amazon"

    This is the HBR article by John Kotter, not the whole book. Beware when purchasing through Amazon.com.

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    "Practical advice for any leader"

    I was actually busy with a transformation project when I first encountered this short piece. It's very very good. Practical advice, easy to follow, insightful and useful. Excellent value. A real gem that I listen to every few months.

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    Nahar Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 01-18-11
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    "Short and to the point"

    Excellent reading. Short but down to the point. I think it can be used as a guidline to prevent failures of change. I saw many of the things mentioned in this cast during my professional life. This just put it in a short 30-minute session. It IS a mut-read.

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    Andrew Windsor, ON, Canada 01-02-11
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    "A worth while read"

    I found this article very helpful in restructuring our organization. I am currently working on building a guiding coalition. If you are not familar with John Kotter`s books, start out with this article.

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    Ken Burbary 10-15-17
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    "Concise & practical"

    Great way to introduce change management in a brief amount of time. Includes specific examples of both guidelines and watch outs. Specific examples on the Vision concept discussed would be helpful.

    A written list of the list included would also be very helpful as an accompaniment.

    Overall a great listen!

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    "ONLY a summary of the book!!"

    This is ONLY a summary of the book. I have the book and wanted to review while driving in preparation for an executive retreat but I wasted my money. Granted it is good material but NOTHING as detailed as we will be discussing. Look for the FULL book I think it will be about 6 hours worth of audio.

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    "Great read"

    It was only a 30 minute read but it hit the 8 points directly! Great Article.

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    "Not the Unabridged Version"

    The Unabridged version (6 hrs and 34 mins) is available through Audible as well. This is only the first chapter of a ~200pp book. The Unabridged version is available here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Business/Leading-Change-Audiobook/B004YDJJEC

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    "What personal and organizational growth demands"

    Loved the article! The insights are compelling, the points are well researched and the developments timely.

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    "Not what i thought i was buying"

    I thought i was buying the book "Leading Change" because this audible is what came up for me to purchase when i looked up the book. Listening to this audible, i learned a lot. However it isn't what i thought it would be. So now i will have to go buy the book, again.

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