John P. Kotter

John P. Kotter is the chief innovation officer of Kotter International, a firm that helps leaders accelerate strategy implementation in their organizations. He is also the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. His international bestseller "Leading Change," which outlines an actionable eight-step process for implementing successful transformations, has been used by leaders around the world who want to achieve great results. John and his colleagues at Kotter International write the Change Leadership blog on

Before you can get buy-in, people need to feel the problem

Picture this: you're in the middle of presenting your proposal and a person at the far end of the table raises her hand. "I'm not even sure the 'problem' you're describing exists, or is a big deal at all!" How do you deal with

Management vs. leadership: the problem with silos

Silos can be found in global corporations or in start-up ventures with 15 employees and no matter the size, they are detrimental to an organization's ability to succeed in a rapidly changing world. It's important to note silos can be vertical or horizontal.

Success: A breeding ground for complacency?

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.” Bill Gates said that, and he’s exactly right. More often than not, great accomplishments cause individuals and organizations to become comfortable with

Lead change, make it stick and get in on the big opportunity

Thirty years of research by leadership have proven that 70% of all major change efforts in organizations fail. Why do they fail? Because organizations often do not take the holistic approach required to see the change through. However, by following

Three tips for getting buy-in

If you have a good idea, whether as small as what flavor of cake to serve at your best friend's birthday party, or as large as what company to merge with, and you want to help create strong buy-in among relevant others, you can take

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