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Monday, July 24, 2006

Why Change Efforts Can Fail

In his best-selling book Leading Change, John Kotter points to lack of urgency as one of the most significant factors in failed change efforts.

While your senior leadership team may be on board and in agreement with moving in a new direction, you need to invest some time and energy in getting buy-in from the rest of the organization.

Complacency with the status quo turns out to be one of the most powerful barriers to change initiatives -- even when leaders confront it head on.

"If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got."

BOTTOMLINE: If you're initiating a change effort within your organization, create a sense of urgency:

  • To grow your business... something needs to improve.
  • To improve performance... something needs to change.
  • To change effectively... it needs to last.
  • To make it last… you need Six Disciplines™.

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