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I was really looking forward to hearing Kotter's latest offering and was not disappointed. The first hand case studies were illuminating and inspiring, it's a shame therefore that different voices were not employed in telling them. I found the use of only one narrator spoilt the impact of the content, I found myself nodding off now and then and/or having to rewind to ensure the point being made stayed with me.
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This book lays out Kotter's 8-step change process; (paraphrased)
1) Create a Sense of Urgency
2) Build a Strong Core Team
3) Create a Vision
4) Communicate the Vision / Get Buy-In
5) Enable / Empower / Remove Obstacles
6) Create Short-Term Wins
7) Sustain the Effort / Don't Declare Victory Too Soon
8) Make the Change Part of the Culture to Make it Stick
He leverages some pretty helpful real-life stories to illustrate effective versus ineffective change management. The stories are fairly memorable and still effective in making the point despite being a little dated at this point.
The narration is fine. I guess many reviewers think it should be read more like a story with different voices, but as a business text that was relating stories (not trying to immerse the reader in a fantasy world like a business fable), I didn't find the narration off putting at all.
Overall, I recommend the book if you are in a leadership position. The advice is simple and solid. Of course it's not adhered to nearly enough, even when you know that you SHOULD follow this guidance.
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While this book is an easy book to listen and comprehend, it is far from life changing. Stories of company transformations, one airline producer changed using radical new ideas, these ideas in fact are straight from the Toyota production system.
The book focuses the change process on successful change with little explanation of why each change needs a different assessment, even within the same company.
Over all there are far better books on change management, but worthy of a listen as a first introduction to understanding change.