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ISBN-10: 0029183308
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B. Lyle Shafer Vice President—Personnel Resources NCR Corporation John Kotter has isolated, defined, and articulated one of the most elusive and misunderstood aspects of management. POWER AND INFLUENCE is must reading for all staff managers. -- Review

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John P. Kotter is Chairman of the Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Area at the Harvard Business School. He has won McKinsey awards for two Harvard Business Review articles, "Managing Your Boss" and "Power, Dependence, and Effective Management," and received the 1977 Exxon Award for innovative curriculum design for developing the Self-Assessment and Career Development program at the Harvard Business School. Kotter is author of six books, including The General Managers (also published by The Free Press).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; 1 edition (June 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0029183308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0029183304
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, speeches, and company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations, and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Professor Kotter's MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship - the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. Over the past thirty years, his articles in The Harvard Business Review have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during that time period. Most recently, his HBR article "Accelerate!", won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world's most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Today, he continues to deliver seminars in Harvard Business School's Executive Education Programs, which are sometimes regarded as life changing by his students.

Kotter has authored 18 books to date - twelve of them bestsellers. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions. Arguably his most popular book, Our Iceberg is Melting, was released in 2006. This New York Times bestseller helped launch to a large audience the 8-step philosophy behind Kotter International. Written as an allegory, it is a simple, yet unforgettable story about a group of penguins on a melting iceberg and the changes they undertake to survive and thrive amidst an unclear future. This story connects with a broad range of people needed to effect major organizational transformations in an easily understood, clear way. Kotter International aims to do the same. Dr. Kotter is the founder, and Head of Research at Kotter International. Other widely read books include "A Sense of Urgency", "The Heart of Change" and "Leading Change", which Time magazine selected in 2011 as one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written. Professor Kotter is currently working on writing his 19th book.

To supplement his books and expand on his ideas, Kotter has released several videos on his teachings, most of which are accessible to anyone interested in his work via YouTube. His "Succeeding in a Changing World" video was awarded Best Video Training Product of the Year by Training Media Review and also won a Telly Award. His YouTube videos have been watched by hundreds of thousands and continue to be a helpful tool for anyone from students to high-level executives in the business world.

Kotter's research and pursuits in education, business and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of "millions leading, billions benefiting".

Professor Kotter is a proud father of two and resides in Cambridge, MA with his wife, Nancy Dearman.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Kroese on March 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
John Kotter is a well-known Professor of Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School. He has written numerous management books and articles. This book was originally published in 1985 and is split up in four parts.

The first part - The Changing Nature of Managerial and Professional Work - discusses the fact that most managerial, technical, and professional jobs have become significantly more complex due to a number of very fundamental economic and social trends over several decades. In order to emphasize the impact o the complex social milieu, Kotter uses a perspective which empoys two basis concepts: (1) Diversity, which "refers to the differences among people with respect to goals, values, stakes, assumptions, and perceptions." (2) Interdependence which "refers to a state in which two or more parties have power over each other because they are, to some degree, dependent on each other." Excellent companies are successful in managing these two concepts, which, according to Kotter, needs strong leadership throughout organizations. He continues to discuss the requirements at personal, organizational, and societal level.

Parts two and three are closely related and detail the leadership challenge for high-level executive positions and lower-level professional and technical jobs. Part II - The Relational Context of Work describes the day-to-day issues associated with the three basic kinds of organizational relationships: (1) Relations outside the chain of command, (2) relations with subordinates, and (3) relations with superiors.

The third part - The Life Cycle of Leadership - describes the leadership challenge at the various stages in a career inside a typical complex organization.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Just another guy on November 24, 1998
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Leadership in today's corporate environment is by and large not the command and control style of yesterday's corporate monoliths. Today's enlighted managers and employees have to understand that leadership means guiding and influencing without being able to direct and order. Readers who do not understand the difference will want to read this book. Readers who want to understand how to be better influencers and guiders will want to read this book.
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By Amazon Customer on June 25, 2014
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Beyond formal authority, it is great sense to me. as all environment is changing, the way to manage myself and others will be changed
It shows very different view of managing environment
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By Ros on April 17, 2015
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very satisfied with the product, price, service and timing
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By David Munyua on April 22, 2015
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Great book
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