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John Kotter

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One of the world's leading experts on leadership and change draws on recent successes and failures in the business work

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Keynote Speaker John Kotter is the internationally recognized expert on Leadership and Change. His bestselling books, popular Harvard Business school publications and vast experience prove his knowledge time and again. He provides audiences with the leadership tools necessary to achieve success in today’s ever changing business world.

Keynote speaker John Kotter is recognized worldwide as the leading expert on topics of leadership and change. He is very influential in terms of how the best organizations can achieve successful transformations. John Kotter is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard. He has been on the Harvard Business School faculty since 1972. He was given tenure and a full professorship at the age of 33, making him one of the youngest people in the history of the university to be so honored.

Other honors Kotter has received include an Exxon Award for Innovation in Graduate Business School Curriculum Design, Smith & Knisley Award for New Perspectives in Business Leadership, and a McKinsey Award for Best Harvard Business Review Article. Kotter’s Matsushita Leadership also won first place in the Financial Times, Booz-Allen Global Business Book competition for biography. A video version was made of his story in 2003, winning a Telly Award. Kotter also received the prestigious McFeely Award for “outstanding contributions to leadership and management development.”

His experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership has repeatedly been proven. Recently he was involved in the co-founding and creation of Kotter International, a leadership organization aiming to help Global 5000 company leaders develop the skills and implementation methodologies needed to lead change in the complex, large-scale business environment.

Our speaker John Kotter draws on recent successes and failures in the business work when presenting a keynote. He offers leadership tools necessary to achieve success in a business world that reinvents itself every day. John emphasizes the importance of the new rules of leadership and lifelong learning in the post-corporate world.

He speaks at Harvard Business School Executive Education Programs, including the Advanced Management Program. These professional seminars were created by Kotter to teach the essential steps needed for success with leadership and change. With his speeches he has only one goal: to motivate action that gets better results.

The brilliant speaker John Kotter has written seventeen books, twelve of which are bestsellers. The books have been printed in over 120 languages with total sales exceeding two million copies. The most recent book, Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down (October 2010), focuses on how to spot attacks on proposals and how to effectively respond. Another of his books, A Sense of Urgency, released in 2008, focuses on what urgency in an organization really is. The book reached #7 on the New York Times bestseller list.  Other bestsellers include Leading Change and Our Iceberg Is Melting. Leading Change was named the #1 Management Book of the Year by Management General. His books are in the top 1% on sales on Amazon.com.

In addition to his bestselling books, he has also published articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years which have sold more reprints than any other distinguished authors who have written for the publication during that time period.

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    “A Sense of Urgency”

    • Clients will explore the importance of this seemingly easy to express topic. What is the right way to create a sense of urgency? What is a false sense of urgency? Where do you go once the urgency is established? These and other important questions will be answered as your company explores how to follow the right path to establishing a true sense of urgency and continuing down the road to successful change.


    Keynote by Speaker John Kotter

    “Leading Change”

    • This speech focuses on the eight-step process of implementing successful transformation. You will learn how companies can achieve their goals and how important it is to have successful leadership in order to make change happen. With personal attention to a company’s efforts and failures, John Kotter can help to create lasting change as well as successful leaders.


    Keynote by Speaker John Kotter 

    “Our Iceberg Is Melting”

    • When change is needed in an organization, sometimes the hardest part is getting everyone to believe it. Speaker John Kotter will introduce his eight-steps for successful change in an easy to understand format. By providing the guidance needed in an ever changing world, audiences will begin to see how dealing with the challenges of change can be compelling when presented in the right way.


    Keynote by Speaker John Kotter 

    “Succeeding in a Changing World”

    • As the economy and world change, so must organizations. The pressure for organizations to modify their business will only increase in the years to come. Many times a good plan can get lost in the midst of implementation. The methods used to restructure or reorganize often fail due to complacency, loss of traction, lack of leadership and other barriers. Learn from John Kotter how great companies succeed where others fail to achieve lasting change in today’s world.


    Keynote by Speaker John Kotter 

    “Leadership vs. Management”

    • Many organizations today are over managed and under led because people do not know the difference between management and leadership. There are significant differences and each have an effect, both negative and positive, on a company’s performance. Speaker John Kotter will explain and motivate the vital importance of the right leadership needed for a company’s success.
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