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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (7 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439146799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439146798
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harvard Business School Professor John Kotter is widely regarded as the world's foremost authority on leadership and change.

His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually "do" change. Kotter's international bestseller 'Leading Change' - which outlined an actionable, eight-step process for implementing successful transformations - has become the change bible for managers around the world.

Professor Kotter is the author of seventeen books, a collection that has given him more honours and awards than any other writer on the topics of leadership and change. His latest is 'A Sense of Urgency' and in it Kotter shows what a true sense of urgency really is, why it is becoming an exceptionally important asset, and how you can create and sustain it within your organization - starting today.

He has been praised by BusinessWeek, Fortune, The Financial Times, and by managers around the globe as one of our most important voices on leadership and change. In 2009 The Times ranked him amongst the 50 most important business thinkers in the world. Kotter is also author of 'The Heart of Change' and 'John P. Kotter on What Leaders Really Do'.




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John R. MurphyDirector, Executive and Advanced Management Education, GTE CorporationJohn Kotter does two remarkable things in this book. First, he puts his finger on what has been making many of us so uncomfortable with the popularized notions of excellence: It is not that we lack excellence in our organizations --what we lack is enough managers with the power to mobilize various groups and interests to allow this excellence to shine. Second, he liberates the concept of power from the traditional "anything goes" definition and lays out a brilliantly clear personal strategy for capturing the only legitimate, real power in an organization--the ability to get things done. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Kroese on 10 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
John Kotter is a well-known Professor of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School. He has written numerous management books and articles. This book was originally published in 1985 and is split up in four parts.
The first part - The Changing Nature of Managerial and Professional Work - discusses the fact that most managerial, technical, and professional jobs have become significantly more complex due to a number of very fundamental economic and social trends over several decades. In order to emphasize the impact o the complex social milieu, Kotter uses a perspective which empoys two basis concepts: (1) Diversity, which "refers to the differences among people with respect to goals, values, stakes, assumptions, and perceptions." (2) Interdependence which "refers to a state in which two or more parties have power over each other because they are, to some degree, dependent on each other." Excellent companies are successful in managing these two concepts, which, according to Kotter, needs strong leadership throughout organizations. He continues to discuss the requirements at personal, organizational, and societal level.
Parts two and three are closely related and detail the leadership challenge for high-level executive positions and lower-level professional and technical jobs. Part II - The Relational Context of Work describes the day-to-day issues associated with the three basic kinds of organizational relationships: (1) Relations outside the chain of command, (2) relations with subordinates, and (3) relations with superiors.
The third part - The Life Cycle of Leadership - describes the leadership challenge at the various stages in a career inside a typical complex organization.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The leadership challenge in complex organizations 10 Mar. 2005
By Gerard Kroese - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
John Kotter is a well-known Professor of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School. He has written numerous management books and articles. This book was originally published in 1985 and is split up in four parts.

The first part - The Changing Nature of Managerial and Professional Work - discusses the fact that most managerial, technical, and professional jobs have become significantly more complex due to a number of very fundamental economic and social trends over several decades. In order to emphasize the impact o the complex social milieu, Kotter uses a perspective which empoys two basis concepts: (1) Diversity, which "refers to the differences among people with respect to goals, values, stakes, assumptions, and perceptions." (2) Interdependence which "refers to a state in which two or more parties have power over each other because they are, to some degree, dependent on each other." Excellent companies are successful in managing these two concepts, which, according to Kotter, needs strong leadership throughout organizations. He continues to discuss the requirements at personal, organizational, and societal level.

Parts two and three are closely related and detail the leadership challenge for high-level executive positions and lower-level professional and technical jobs. Part II - The Relational Context of Work describes the day-to-day issues associated with the three basic kinds of organizational relationships: (1) Relations outside the chain of command, (2) relations with subordinates, and (3) relations with superiors.

The third part - The Life Cycle of Leadership - describes the leadership challenge at the various stages in a career inside a typical complex organization.

The final part of the book - Implications - summarizes recommendations on improving one's personal effectiveness at work. It also discusses the requirements to increase the supply of people who are capable of handling difficult leadership jobs. In addition, there is an acknowledgement which describes the roots of this book - it is based on seven different projects conducted during the 1970s and 1980s at Harvard Business School.

Yes, this is certainly a good book on this subject. It is based on strong academic research from one of the best business schools in the world. Main criticism that I have is that the books feels somewhat outdates since it was published in 1985. However, I feel that a little revision from the author would do wonders. There are some great checklists in this book, which are very realistic and can be used in real life. It is written in a very well organized manner and can be used as a handbook. I especially recommended it to all people new to management.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reading on the realities of being a leader today 25 Nov. 1998
By Just another guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Leadership in today's corporate environment is by and large not the command and control style of yesterday's corporate monoliths. Today's enlighted managers and employees have to understand that leadership means guiding and influencing without being able to direct and order. Readers who do not understand the difference will want to read this book. Readers who want to understand how to be better influencers and guiders will want to read this book.
Great!!!! 26 Jun. 2014
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Beyond formal authority, it is great sense to me. as all environment is changing, the way to manage myself and others will be changed
It shows very different view of managing environment
Five Stars 17 April 2015
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very satisfied with the product, price, service and timing
Five Stars 23 April 2015
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Great book
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