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One of the authors that has had a real influence on my thinking about change and bringing change has been John Kotter.  Beginning with Leading Change I’ve found myself returning over and over to his 8 stage process of creating healthy change.  In fact, it’s rare that I’m in a consultation that doesn’t connect somehow with the need for change…healthy change. 

Step one of the 8-Stage process is establishing a sense of urgency, a great challenge for many organizations due to a frequent lack of a shared appreciation for the need for change.  How to move through this stage and on to stage 2 (creating the guiding coalition) is very often a deal breaker for many.  No doubt that is at the heart of his newest book, A Sense of Urgency.

What’s happening in your organization?  Is there the need for change?  I found this statement in the introduction very compelling:

A big reason that a true sense of urgency is rare is that it’s not a natural state of affairs.  It has to be created and re-created.  In organizations that have survived for a significant period of time, complacency is more likely the norm.  Even in organizations that are clearly experiencing serious problems, devastating problems, business-as-usual can survive (p. 16).

How has your organization made it through this stage?  Or have you?  I found very interesting Kotter’s statement that "the number-one problem they have (organizations that become stuck) is all about creating a sense of urgency — and that’s the first step in a series of actions needed to succeed in a changing world (p. 15).

Want to read along?  You can order your copy RIGHT HERE.

A Sense of Urgency
  • Thanks for bringing to light Kotter’s work.
    I’ve seen the name and the titles…but there are so many names and titles and so little time. Grin.
    In my experience a sure sign of loss of urgency is when an organization’s focuses on internal outcomes and process without regard to customers.
    Keep creating…today’s piece of the masterpiece,
    Mike

  • Thanks for bringing to light Kotter’s work.
    I’ve seen the name and the titles…but there are so many names and titles and so little time. Grin.
    In my experience a sure sign of loss of urgency is when an organization’s focuses on internal outcomes and process without regard to customers.
    Keep creating…today’s piece of the masterpiece,
    Mike