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John P. Kotter        

Leadership & Change Management Guru

Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, John P. Kotter is a best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, and company, Kotter, help mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations in an era of increasingly rapid change. Professor Kotter’s MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his lifelong passion for educating, motivating and helping people. His award-winning articles in The Harvard Business Review have sold more reprints than any other author’s, and his 2012 article, “Accelerate!” won the McKinsey award for the world’s most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions. His 1996 book, Leading Change, was selected by Time magazine in 2011 as one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written. To supplement his books and expand on his ideas, Kotter has released several videos on his teachings, many of which are accessible to anyone interested in his work via YouTube. Kotter’s research and pursuits in education, business and writing have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve his vision of “millions leading, billions benefiting.” Professor Kotter is a proud father of two and resides in Boston, MA with his wife.

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Expert on Leadership and Change

A Sense of Urgency

Clients will explore the importance of this seemingly easy to express topic. What is the right way to create a sense of urgency? What is a false sense of urgency? Where do you go once the urgency is established? These and other important questions will be answered as your company explores how to follow the right path to establishing a true sense of urgency and continuing down the road to successful change.

Leading Change

This speech focuses on the eight-step process of implementing successful transformation. You will learn how companies can achieve their goals and how important it is to have successful leadership in order to make change happen. With personal attention to a company's efforts and failures, John Kotter can help to create lasting change as well as successful leaders.

Our Iceberg Is Melting

When change is needed in an organization, sometimes the hardest part is getting everyone to believe it. John Kotter will introduce his eight steps for successful change in an easy-to-understand format. By providing the guidance needed in an ever-changing world, audiences will begin to see how dealing with the challenges of change can be compelling when presented in the right way.

Succeeding in a Changing World

As the economy and world change, so must organizations. The pressure for organizations to modify their business will only increase in the years to come. Many times a good plan can get lost in the midst of implementation. The methods used to restructure or reorganize often fail due to complacency, loss of traction, lack of leadership, and other barriers. Learn from change management speaker John Kotter how great companies succeed where others fail to achieve lasting change in today's world.

Leadership vs. Management

Many organizations today are over-managed and under-led because people do not know the difference between management and leadership. There are significant differences and each have an effect, both negative and positive, on a company's performance. John Kotter will explain and motivate the vital importance of the right leadership needed for a company's success.


The Key to Changing Organizational Culture - Forbes

John Kotter is the chief innovation officer at Kotter International (www., a firm that helps leaders accelerate strategy implementation in ...

HBS Professor Emeritus John Kotter Wins McKinsey Award - News ...

BOSTON—Harvard Business School professor emeritus John P. Kotter has won the 2012 McKinsey Award from the Harvard Business Review and the ...

John Kotter - Harvard Business Review

Millions worldwide have read and embraced John Kotter's ideas on change management and leadership. Leading Changeis widely recognized as his seminal ...

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership - Bloomberg

By John Kotter - 2013-01-09T16:00:43Z. A few weeks ago, the BBC asked me to come in for a radio interview. They told me they wanted to talk about effective ...

Training Tomorrow's Leaders: John Kotter's Keynote Speech at the ...

Business expert and bestselling author John P. Kotter '68 SM '70 spoke about Nelson Mandela, leadership, and mentoring the next generation at the AILG ...

A new way for companies to plan for the future - The Globe and Mail

Change expert John Kotter says companies need dual operating systems; one to manage the day-to-day, the other to try new initiatives.

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