Welcome back Kotter: A Sense of Urgency
by David Zinger
John Kotter has done a lot of work to help us manage and navigate through organizational change. Kotter is back with A Sense of Urgency.
Kotter maintains the number one problem organizations face when trying to execute change is creating a sense of urgency. We need to create and recreate urgency because it is not a natural state of affairs.
In the field of employee engagement, how urgent are your actions, initiatives, and programs? I encourage you to make them more urgent by reading this post and using the resources listed at the end of this article.
Here are 3 quotations from Kotter’s Change This Manifesto on Urgency published today (September 10th.).
The few people who do have smoke pouring into their offices are furious that somebody has started a fire. But instead of demonstrating a real sense of urgency to solve the problem, starting today, they complain.
In a fast-moving and changing world, a sleepy or steadfast contentment with the status quo can create disaster—literally, disaster.
With a true sense of urgency, people want to come to work each day ready to cooperate energetically and responsively with intelligent initiatives from others. And they do.
Kotter offers 4 tactics to establish urgency:
- Bring the outside in.
- Behave with urgency everyday.
- Find opportunity in crises.
- Deal with the NoNos
Are you ready to get Urgent? Here is how to proceed.
- Immediately Read Kotter’s free Change This Manifesto: It All Starts With A Sense of Urgency.
- Go online and purchase Kotter’s Book: A Sense of Urgency.
- While you wait for the book watch the following Harvard Business Review 10:41 minute interview with John on The Importance of Urgency.
- Get started now by taking urgent action on engagement for yourself and for your organization.
If the video failed to load in this window you can watch it here.
I wasn’t going to upload this post until tomorrow but I got the sense of urgency.
And now, I hope you…GET URGENT!