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Preventing common mistakes in change processes. Explanation of Change Phases of John Kotter. ('90)

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Often, creating value requires significant change. John Kotter concluded in his book "A force for Change: How Leadership Differs from Management" (1990) that there are eight reasons why many change processes do not succeed:


Eight reasons why many change processes don't succeed

  • Allowing too much complacency.

  • Failing to build a substantial coalition.

  • Not understanding the need for a clear vision.

  • Failing to clearly communicate the vision.

  • Permitting roadblocks against the vision.

  • Not planning for short term results and not realizing them.

  • Declaring victory too soon.

  • Fail to anchor changes in corporate culture.

The change phases model

To prevent making these mistakes, Kotter created the following Change Phases model. It consists also out of eight steps:

  1. Establish a sense of urgency.

  2. Create a coalition.

  3. Develop a clear vision.

  4. Share the vision.

  5. Empower people to clear obstacles.

  6. Secure short-term wins.

  7. Consolidate and keep moving.

  8. Anchor the change.

According to Kotter, it is crucial to follow the eight phases of change in the above exact sequence.


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  The Roles of Top and Middle Management in Change
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  Disadvantages of the Kotter Change Theory
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Creating the Right Conditions Before Implementing the 8 Steps

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Usage (application): Things to do Before Starting a Major Change Initiative
 
 
 

Personal Networks of Successful Change Agents

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Usage (application): Leading Major and Minor Change Initiatives
 
 
 

Leadership Strategies for Change

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Usage (application): Initiate, implement, develop and sustain change
 
 
 

Why Employee Involvement (Phases 1-5) is so Important

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Strategic Change is Acausal and Subject to Equifinality

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Key Success Factors when you're Designing your Change Management Program

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Innovating Under the Radar

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Assessing the Risks of Change and the Organization’s Capacity for Change

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Causes for Resistance Behavior

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Unfreezing, Moving, Freezing

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Strategic Change: Why, What, When, Who and How

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The 7C Framework for Successful Personal and Professional Change

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A Closer Look at How Change and Innovation Decisions are Made

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The Role of the CEO in Strategic Change Initiation

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Your Organization Needs to Change its Strategy Implementation Method

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Usage (application): Strategy Execution, Strategic Change, Change Management, Strategy Implementation
 

Effective Change Leadership and Management: Principles, Frameworks and Tools

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The Nature and Complexity of Organizational Change

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What is Change Management?

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22 Best Practices in Change Management

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Dealing with Roadblocks…

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Tips for Successful Change Management

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