• Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail
  • By: John P. Kotter
  • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Periodical
  • Release date: 10-01-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Publishing
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (17 ratings)


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.
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©2007 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College, All Rights Reserved; (P)2007 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Erich on 14-09-12

Practical advice for any leader

I was actually busy with a transformation project when I first encountered this short piece. It's very very good. Practical advice, easy to follow, insightful and useful. Excellent value. A real gem that I listen to every few months.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Cole A. Z. on 02-03-15

Misidentified on Amazon

This is the HBR article by John Kotter, not the whole book. Beware when purchasing through Amazon.com.

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