Harvard Business Review: 10 Must Reads on Change Management

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This book On Emotional Intelligence, I really wanted to read because, I can always improve my emotional intelligence and leadership skills. The New York Times bestseller on Emotional Intelligence is a case based and sciences backed book, well written and easy to dig into. The book was dubbed “One of The 25 Most Influential Business Management books” by TIME Magazine. With every case there is a reflection upon what could be improved, as well as a overall summary of the idea behind the case . 

This is one of those books one should put small markers in to get back to every now and then. Emotional intelligence is becoming more and more widespread as a must amongst leaders. Unlike before were more aggressive and “My way or the highway” type of leadership has been culled. This book gave me a good insight on what to focus on and gave me a checklist of ideas that I could go on with. I rate it 3.9 out of 5 because i think it is an interesting topic, well written and has some good cases in it took me longer than expected to read it as it is not a super catchy book.

A useful rule of thumb: If you can’t communicate the vision to someone in five minutes or less and get a reaction that signifies both understanding and interest, you are not yet done

Here is a little snippet checklist from the book

1. Lead change throught eight critical stages 

2. Establish a sense of urgency 

3. Overcome status qou 

4. Mobilize commitment 

5. Silence naysayers 

6. Minimize the pain of change 

7. Concentrate on the resources at hand 

8. Motivate change when business is good

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About the Author

John Paul Kotter- Born 1947 in California, is a professor of leadership at Harvard Business School. Kotter is founder of Kotter International, a managment consulting firm based in Boston. Kotter teaches in business, leadership and change.

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