Friday, March 29, 2019


Leading Change by John Kotter is s careful examination of how to successfully change a business or organization to succeed in the 21st Century, largely by focusing on leadership as opposed to management. The eight step process is very thorough and does not give any false hopes that the process will be easy or lasting. In fact, quite the opposite impression is given, but not without guidance and hope that the changes can be made. 

The book was filled with examples of change attempts gone wrong. Many started well and failed, for myriad reasons. What would have made this book better for me would have been more examples of successful change, longer term changes, what was done when it worked. Of course those are more difficult to provide, and we often learn more from failure. But it would have been helpful from a leadership and methodology perspective and have provided some needed inspiration. 

Finally, I especially enjoyed and valued the last chapter on life-long learning and reflection. While less substantive than the step by step change formula, it was likely as valuable.

Kotter, John. Leading Change, Harvard Business Review Press, November 6, 2012. ISBN: 978-1422186435

No compensation was provided for this review. 

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