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Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World Hardcover – April 8, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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'.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book for someone interested in ways to make their company or organization more agile. Many of the ideas also appear in other books by the author.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Quick read, and a great update to Kotter's previous work. Very applicable to the world of Change Management with the ever increasing pace of changes in the world today.Published 3 months ago by Cathy
The thought of using an informal network to take advantage of a big opportunity sounds interesting, but practically sounds difficult to implement well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by txmomma
Book starts from a good place (identifying the two cultures that exist in a workplace) but gives an overly simplistic approach to how to engage the networked culture to create... Read morePublished 4 months ago by cmac
The book starts off by describing the challenges large organisations face today in our fast moving and increasingly unpredictable world, and it proposes a solution to this... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jenana Habul
Repackaged insights about driving strategic change, in a format that's easily digestible on a 2 hr. flightPublished 6 months ago by Avid Reader
I'm sure Kotter is a smart guy. Other reviews have summed up the content pretty well. My problem with this book, and the reason I am giving it one star, is that it is poorly... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rick Alexander