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Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

Narrated by: Todd Mundt
Length: 29 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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.

©2007 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, All Rights Reserved (P)2007 Audible Inc.

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Short but spot on

Even though it was clearly written a while ago, the underlying messages still ring true. Change is a difficult game to play, and thinking about the 8 points raised will definitely improve your chances of success. The narrator was particularly good.

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a good basic grounding in change management...

simple, easy to understand. a good way to get a quick overview of the important considerations when managing change...

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Nice

Nice intro to core concepts to facilitate successful transformation. I thought the narrator was clear and easy to listen.

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hits nail on head

John Kotter again proves his ability to make the change journey realistic and highlight the pitfalls

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good summary of mistakes in a transformation

overall a good summary of the mistakes that lead to failure in a transformation.

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wrong item

I thought it was the full book from Kotter but that's an article, a mistake.

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Tedious

It's good information but the narration is tedious,
stopped paying attention about 10 minutes in.