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John P. Kotter      

Leadership & Change Management Guru

John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. Most recently Kotter was involved in the creation and co-founding of Kotter International, a leadership organization that helps Global 5000 company leaders develop the practical skills and implementation methodologies required to lead change in a complex, large-scale business environment.

Kotter has authored 18 books, twelve of them bestsellers. His works have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions and total sales exceed three million copies. His latest book, Buy-In, focuses on the problems associated with getting others engaged and committed to good ideas and provides solutions for dealing with attacks on your good ideas. His books are in the top 1% of sales on

John Kotter’s articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period. Kotter has been on the Harvard Business School faculty since 1972. In 1980, at the age of 33, he was given tenure and a full professorship, making him one of the youngest people in the history of the University to be so honored.

Professor Kotter's article "Accelerate!" in the Harvard Business Review—in which he first debuted his Dual Operating System business model—won the 2012 McKinsey Award, recognizing it as the most significant article published in the magazine that year. This article has since been expanded into a full book by the same name.

Professor Kotter is the 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by ASTD (American Society for Training & Development). This award was presented in recognition of his extensive body of work and the significant impact he has had on learning and performance in organizations.

Speech Topics

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Expert on Leadership and Change


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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

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