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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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