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Read a Free Chapter of Accelerate from HBR

Read a Free Chapter of Accelerate from HBR

Dr.Kotter’s new book, Accelerate (XLR8) is available for order now, or read a free chapter (link below). The Accelerating Wave of Change: How to Keep Your Head Above Water My colleague at Kotter International, Ken Perlman, paints a clear and disturbing picture of the dynamic and disruptive environment created by increased change. Big change is upon us and there is no sign of it letting up. Ken makes his point clear by naming just a few of the astounding events that have transpired in the past 25 years. We’ve

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Thinking Big

Thinking Big

The concept behind the power of a dream (or big opportunity) is creating a compelling picture of the future and the belief system that supports it – both individually and collectively. We don’t live in a society of rich vs. poor as much as we live in a society of dreamers vs. non-dreamers. Organizations are made up of people who long to be part of something bigger than themselves, who want to know their work is for a greater cause.

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Goal Setting: A very misunderstood tool

Goal Setting: A very misunderstood tool

Goal-setting is a very misunderstood and poorly used tool in business. The net result is a workforce trapped in a state of false urgency because the effort is derived from misleading notions in their mind creating misguided effort toward what we think will be effective and measurable strides toward our desired outcome. What usually comes from this is false urgency (explained in the book, Leading Change by Dr. John Kotter). False urgency is the frantic, ramped up behavior that leaves

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What Motivates You?

What Motivates You?

Ask yourself these questions: What motivates me? What’s my purpose? How do I focus energy or how do I get people to focus their energy? What’s my picture of my future? What is it that I really do? The power of a dream – chasing a compelling picture of your future – answers those questions.  It creates the belief that great opportunities are ahead.  It brings alive what is possible and why.  It engages the heads and hearts of followers.  It

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Principles Trump Technique - Every Time

Principles Trump Technique – Every Time

How many organizations have you worked for that have displayed their core values on the office wall and yet act as if they never existed?  In my line of work, I’ve seen many.  So I was refreshingly caught off guard recently when I was asked to keynote a leadership conference in New Orleans for the law firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale out of Alabama.  They invited me to join their team of 200+ for dinner the evening before my

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Is your Organization mired in complacency?

Is your Organization mired in complacency?

When I left my NFL playing days behind and entered into what I thought would be the organized, disciplined, team-first culture of corporate America, I was amazed to discover that for the most part, organizations seemed as if they were winging it.  That’s right—winging it!  Wasted time, wasted energy and wasted talent.  I found many to be lethargic, directionless and chaotic, with no sense of true urgency to win now.  Mired in complacency and false urgency the tenor of many

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The Fundamentals of Human Performance

The Fundamentals of Human Performance

Just as there are laws that govern entropy, gravity and aero-dynamics, there are laws that govern human performance—the actual practice of which allows us to successfully change and grow.  I’ve witnessed too many organizations and their people caught up more in the terminology and acronyms of change, growth and winning, than the actual practice of it.  The biggest challenge for organizations will not be strategy, systems or culture, but changing people’s behavior.  Sound business fundamentals, focused towards both the head

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Opportunities vs. Hazards

Opportunities vs. Hazards

There are two compelling behaviors that dominate high performers, great leaders, cohesive teams and forward moving organizations.  They are constantly and forever trying to avoid big hazards while simultaneously seeking out big opportunities. And when looking for those big opportunities, they do everything they can, each and every day, to move toward that objective. In football it’s the same idea; 60-minutes to exploit the opportunities and duck the hazards, all while under great duress and pressure.  Watch Peyton Manning or

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