• Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail

  • By: John P. Kotter
  • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Periodical
  • Release date: 21-01-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (70 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Charlie on 27-11-17

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Delta1 on 30-07-17


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

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By john a otoole on 08-01-17

the audible version is only the first chapter.

I bought it for class and now will not be able to complete homework on time because it is only the first chapter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul Richard on 18-04-18

Thoroughly worthwhile.

Excellent narration of a tight summary of a fundamental change process and common but potentially critical mistakes to avoid. Exceptionally valuable, especially at the price.

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