The pace and magnitude of change is rocking the foundations of businesses and turning the world economy on a tight rope.  It’s no longer the exception, it’s the rule.  John Kotter, author of “Leading Change,” says, “These trends demand more agility and change-friendly organizations, more leadership from people, and not just top management; more sophisticated strategies, and greater capacity to execute bold initatives while minimizing the bumps in the road.”  Time magazine lists his book as one of the tope 25 most influential business management books ever written.  He presents a eight-stage process that promises to ring the bell in your organization:

  1.  Establish a sense of urgency
  2. Create a guiding coalition
  3. Develop a vision and strategy
  4. Communicate the change strategy
  5. Empower employees for broad-based actions
  6. Generate short term wins
  7. Consolidate gains and produce more change
  8. Anchor new approaches in the culture

More change to come … it’s our new normal.