Leading Change

John P. Kotter, Author
John P. Kotter, Author Harvard Business School Press $27.95 (187p) ISBN 978-0-87584-747-4
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Harvard Business School professor Kotter (A Force for Change) breaks from the mold of M.B.A. jargon-filled texts to produce a truly accessible, clear and visionary guide to the business world's buzzword for the late '90s--change. In this excellent business manual, Kotter emphasizes a comprehensive eight-step framework that can be followed by executives at all levels. Kotter advises those who would implement change to foster a sense of urgency within the organization. ""A higher rate of urgency does not imply everpresent panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent."" Twenty-first century business change must overcome overmanaged and underled cultures. ""Because management deals mostly with the status quo and leadership deals mostly with change, in the next century we are going to have to try to become much more skilled at creating leaders."" Kotter also identifies pitfalls to be avoided, like ""big egos and snakes"" or personalities that can undermine a successful change effort. Kotter convincingly argues for the promotion and recognition of teams rather than individuals. He aptly concludes with an emphasis on lifelong learning. ""In an ever changing world, you never learn it all, even if you keep growing into your '90s."" Leading Change is a useful tool for everyone from business students preparing to enter the work force to middle and senior executives faced with the widespread transformation in the corporate world. 60,000 first printing; $100,000 ad/promo; dual main selection of the Newbridge Book Club Executive Program; 20-city radio satellite tour. (Sept.)
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