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Posted February 12, 2012
Brilliant theories and framework, but a little light on the "how."
"Leading Change" provides a great overview of what it takes to effectively implement change in an organization. Kotter's eight step plan (create urgency, form coalitions, create a vision, communicate the vision, remove obstacles, short-term wins, build on change, and anchoring change) provides a perfect framework for leading and executing change in any organization. And most importantly, it's not as boring as most HBR books. With that said, I was left a little unsatisfied with the "how" provided by the book. Kotter does a wonderful job of explaining the "what" and "why" around his theories, but trying to figure out how to pull off his plan in a dysfunctional organization run by self-interested leaders focused on maximizing their own bonuses...is difficult at best. Kotter acknowledges the challenges, but doesn't really help you overcome them. As a leader, I know it's my job to figure it out, but a little more help would have been nice. Worth reading, but may be difficult to implement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 9, 2001
A must read for managers at all levels
I highly recommend Leading Change and believe it will be helpful to leaders and managers at all levels. The concepts Kotter puts forth are equally helpful to the executive trying to introduce sweeping change or the project manager trying to gain support and momentum for a project. The book focuses on explaining the change process and the role of leadership in that process. I chose not to give it five stars because it could have included more instruction and examples. However, its concise nature is also a benefit because (at less than 200 pages) it is easy to read. It is also extremely well written. In particular, I am impressed by how well Kotter summarizes his theories towards the end of each chapter. He is adept at succinctly reinforcing concepts without undue repetition.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2009
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