The first step in Kotter's steps to transform your organisation is to establish a sense of urgency, in effect ensuring there is motivation for the change to take place. Change is hard and without a strong uniting force that underpins their understanding of why the change is necessary to the survival of the business it is unlikely to gain traction and succeed.
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John P. Kotter's seminal book Leading Change published in 1996 is now more than ever a go-to book to understand how to deliver change in businesses and organisations. Kotter's eight steps to transforming your organisation are explored including: Urgency; Powerful Guiding Coalitions; Vision; Communicating the Vision; Empowering Others to Act; Short-Term Wins; Improvements and More Change, and; Institutionalising New Approaches.