21 Twittable Quotes about Change Management

John Paul Kotter, Professor Emeritus of Leadership at the Harvard Business School is a well-known thought leader in business, leadership, and change.

He is also a New-York best-seller author. One of his most known books is Leading Change. Here he outlines his already famous 8 steps change management model. Most of the quotes about change in this article come from Leading Change.


Tradition is a very powerful force. John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

Leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there. - John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Managers are trained to make incremental, programmatic improvements. They aren't trained to lead large-scale change. - John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet In an ever changing world, you never learn it all, even if you keep growing into your 90s. - John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

Tales with a little drama are remembered far longer than any slide crammed with analytics. - John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Because management deals mostly with the status quo and leadership deals mostly with change, in the next century we are going to have to try to become much more skilled at creating leaders. - John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

Typically people think they know all about change and don't need help. Their approach tends to be more management-oriented than leadership-oriented. It's very frustrating. - John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Transformation is a process, not an event. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Whenever smart and well-intentioned people avoid confronting obstacles, they disempower employees and undermine change. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

If you cannot describe your vision to someone in five minutes and get their interest, you have more work to do in this phase of a transformation process. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Management makes a system work. It helps you do what you know how to do. Leadership builds systems or transforms old ones. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Major change is often said to be impossible unless the head of the organization is an active supporter. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

Failure here is usually associated with underestimating the difficulties in producing change and thus the importance of a strong guiding coalition. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet A guiding coalition made up only of managers—even superb managers who are wonderful people—will cause major change efforts to fail. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Speed of change is the driving force. Leading change competently is the only answer. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

A great change leader creates other change leaders. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Leadership is all about the softer stuff. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Leadership defines what the future should look like, aligns people with that vision, and inspires them to make it happen despite the obstacles ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet

Leadership is a set of processes that creates organizations in the first place or adapts them to significantly changing circumstances. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet Employees in large, older firms often have difficulty getting a transformation process started because of the lack of leadership coupled with arrogance, insularity, and bureaucracy. ― John P. Kotter #ChangeManagement Click To Tweet



If you want to learn more:

Successful Change Management Happens in Learning Organizations

John Kotter – Leading Change

John Kotter – Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions


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