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“A Top Shelf Best Business Book pick of the Year: Strategy” — strategy+business magazine

“One of the Best Leadership Books of the Year” — Inc.

About the Author

John P. Kotter is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School, and is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on leadership and change. In recent years Kotter and his firm, Kotter International, have helped numerous organizations, both public and private, build dual operating systems to drive growth and accelerate strategy. He predicts that such systems are the key to sustained success in the twenty-first century—for shareholders, customers, employees, and organizations across all industries and sectors. For more information visit kotterinternational.com/accelerate.
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1625271743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625271747
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of John Kotter's books and reviewed most of them. In my opinion, no other business thinker in recent years has made a greater contribution to our understanding of what continues to be a highly competitive, tumultuous global marketplace. In his latest book, Accelerate, he explains how almost any organization can move quickly enough to stay ahead in "an age of tumultuous change and growing uncertainties." His focus is on how to handle strategic challenges fast enough, "with agility and creativity, to take advantage of windows of opportunity which open and shut more quickly."

What Kotter proposes is an appropriate, integrated, and coordinated balance of two quite different approaches to both perils and opportunities: the traditional management-driven hierarchy and the entrepreneurial innovation-driven network. As he explains, "What we need today is a powerful new element to address the challenges posed by mounting complexity and rapid change. The solution, which I have seen work astonishingly well, is a second system that is organized as a network - more like a start-up's solar system than a mature organization's Giza pyramid - that can create agility and speed. It powerfully complements rather than overburdens a more mature organization's hierarchy, thus freeing the latter to do what it's optimized to do."

Of special interest to me is his assertion that the best results of business initiatives are achieved with a "dual system." That is, one whose structure effectively coordinates traditional, stable hierarchy with an entrepreneurial, dynamic network. He believes - and I agree - that, with effective leadership, they are interdependent. Order, structure, and stability do not preclude experimentation, creativity, and innovation.
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The book is a well-argued case for the need for strategic agility in times of business turbulence. It has also an interesting concept of a 'dual operating system', namely an agile network-type of organizational structure working in concert with the traditional corporate hierarchy.

There are three reasons for my significant disappointment when I read the book: First, there is little new in this book, relative to what he has previously been saying, for example in 'Leading change', and relative to the thinking of other authors writing about related subjects. For example: the so-called 8 accelerators in 'Accelerate' are more or less exact copies of the 8 stages in major change, as postulated in his previous book 'Leading change'.

Second, I understand the whole concept of dual operating system to be in additional to the corporate hierarchy and not instead of the traditional corporate hierarchy. Then it would inevitably add complexity and gravity to an organization, which seems contrary to simplicity, agility, and flexibility. Would it not be better to build simplicity, agility and flexibility directly into the corporate hierarchy?

Third, the big thesis in this book is that this dual operating system is something different from traditional change projects, task forces, and strategic initiatives. That difference was not clear to me, rather the opposite, if one looks at for example the figure on p. 152.

That said, the book is clearly a must read for those belonging to his large group of dedicated followers. It is also an interesting entry point to Kotter's thinking for those having had limited previous exposure to it, though for those I would rather recommend for example his book 'Leading change'.
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I'm a big fan of Kotter's academic work and I have referred to his articles often but this book really didn't have the wow factor or the ground breaking concepts. Maybe I should have put it down and started over. What I plan on doing is rereading it in about a year and seeing if I find new value. In summary, read his other work.. It's phenomenal.
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The pace of change in business is accelerating. New solutions, new demands, and new paradigms are arriving at a dizzying pace. You have the challenge of navigating in an ever changing landscape with fewer and fewer resources. Freeing up capacity for innovation across your organization is something you dream about.

Dr. John Kotter’s newest book, XLR8, paints a clear picture of how companies have successfully employed a dual operating model to accelerate transformational change initiatives - delivering business results in a world that requires constant adaptability to stay ahead.

I have witnessed both business acceleration and unleashed leadership at every level in my organization through the dual operating system detailed in XLR8. Initiatives successfully driven using this approach have a direct impact on improved employee productivity, have increased customer engagement, and have driven faster growth.

The proven model empowers employees to contribute across your organization in a way that adds capacity without adding headcount, increases innovation without creating new teams anchored in the hierarchy, and unleashes the passion of dedicated people who want to go above and beyond to grow your business faster.

Built on the strong foundation of decades of Dr. Kotter’s research and several bestselling titles that each contained key elements for successful transformational change, this book is the evolution of both research and practice, and showcases the principles and the 8 accelerators for change in a way that clearly articulates how change pioneers can implement the dual operating system successfully.

If you are ready to learn more about the key principles that make this approach successful, want to understand how a dual operating system can positively impact your business, or are looking for new ways to unleash the power of your teams – I recommend finding a comfortable chair and sitting down with XLR8.
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