John P. Kotter

Educator

Nationality: American Born: February 25, 1947

Alan Alexander Milne, better known as A. A. Milne, was an author and poet from England, who was particularly famous for being the creator of the character Winnie the Pooh. Milne was educated at the University of Cambridge and initially worked as a playwright; however it was as the writer of Winnie the Pooh in 1926 that he became famous. It was followed up by The House at Pooh Corner two year later. Other than that, he was a prolific writer who wrote children’s short story and poetry collections, newspaper columns, plays and had also been a columnist for the popular magazine Punch.
Sometimes it doesn't hurt to talk around a little and see what lights people's eyes up and what makes them cloud over.
All organizations start with a structure that looks like a dynamic solar system. They can be very fast, agile. They attract people who play around with crazy ideas.
Every organization goes through a lifecycle where they eventually lose their initial speed or agility at a strategic level.
I am often asked about the difference between 'change management' and 'change leadership,' and whether it's just a matter of semantics. These terms are not interchangeable.
Urgency is unbelievably important when you're talking about, not little changes, but big changes.
Innovation is kind of a sub-piece of change.
Globalization is going to bring us closer and closer together across nations and technology you can't stop.
It's very difficult to innovate without requiring people to do something different. And whenever you require people to do something different, you're talking about change.
More and more I'm finding that I'm reading history, I'm reading biography, I'm reading autobiography for a sense of people who've been able to provide leadership. I don't read leadership books anymore.
I am always looking for stories that will shed light on how companies define themselves - for better or for worse. When shared with others, such stories can have an enormous impact on how well we move forward in the changing world around us.
Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best - and change - from hearing stories that strike a chord within us.
Those in leadership positions who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies and for themselves.