Change By John P Kotter

1164 WordsFeb 23, 20165 Pages
Introduction The definition of change according to the Webster dictionary is “to become different or to make someone or something different.” John P Kotter writes that change is always about “changing the behavior of people” (preface XII) Kotter explains that change is a concept that is used by organizations to restructure or improve their business behavior. Many companies find it difficult to initiate change due to the lack of motivating employees or leaders. In his book, Kotter proposes an eight stage process that could help organizations that are looking for change. Discussion The Eight important stages of change by John P. Kotter Stage one: Establishing a Sense of Urgency In this stage Kotter shares business stories of successful companies that increased urgency to spark a change. He explains that there are four behaviors which could prevent change. Behaviors like “complacency, immobilization, self-protection, you-can’t-make-me-move deviance, and pessimistic attitude that leads to constant hesitation.” (Kotter and Cohen, p17) These four negative elements have to be approached carefully because if they are not the employees wouldn’t not have any sense of urgency to perform any changes. To have a successful introduction to change and for it to be received with urgency, it has to be presented in a way that the leaders of an organization will back it up, because they are “part of a larger activity aimed at helping to lower feelings undermining urgency.” (Kotter
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