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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (363 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John P. Kotter Narrator: Bill Weideman Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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True urgency is a gut-level determination to move and win, now.

Its practitioners are unusually alert. They come to work each day determined to achieve something important, and they shed irrelevant activities to move faster and smarter.

Those with a sense of urgency are the opposite of complacent - but they are not stressed-out and anxious, generating great activity without much productivity. Instead, they move boldly toward the future - sharply on the lookout for the hazards and the opportunities that change brings.

Best-selling author and business guru John Kotter knows about urgency. Raising urgency is the first step in his enormously successful eight-step framework, first articulated in Leading Change. But as Kotter illustrates, increasing urgency is the toughest of the eight steps, and the one without which even the most brilliant, high-powered initiatives will sputter and die.

More importantly, as we transition to a world where change is continuous - not just episodic - he shows how urgency must become a core, sustained capability.

With vivid and powerful stories, Kotter reveals a distinctive view of the kind of urgency needed in every organization. He also highlights the insidious nature of its nemesis, complacency, in all its guises. He explains the crucial difference between constructive true urgency, and the frantic wheel-spinning that is so often mistaken for urgency. He provides key tactics for increasing urgency, as well as exposing and rooting out complacency, with chapters on:

  • Bringing the outside in
  • Behaving with urgency every day
  • Finding opportunity in crises
  • Dealing with No-Nos or naysayers

    A Sense of Urgency is a powerful tool for anyone wanting to win in a turbulent world that will only continue to move faster. Download and start listening now!

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    Listener Opinions

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ethernight | 2/20/2014

      " Meh. Lots of over-generalizations, not a lot of specifics. Some good bits, but they were sparse. It was relevant to a current project, so I'm glad I read it. But I wouldn't recommend it. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/19/2014

      " Should be required reading for all project managers & strategic business executives. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 2/17/2014

      " Makes you realize how much a false sense of urgency dictates most of your life's business. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Grant | 1/25/2014

      " A must-read book on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergio | 1/22/2014

      " In this book, Kotter expands his idea of urgency as one of the steps to managing change to being perhaps the most important step. He outlines the various ways urgency can be created and sustained within the workplace, and how to avoid "false urgency." "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/19/2014

      " Kotter is always a must-read if you are working in a business or in a position where change, especially necessary and/or dramatic change, is the norm. A Sense of Urgency is a deep dive into the first of Kotter's multistep process to initiate and manage change throughout an organization. It's a very good read, and provides great insights into what it takes to establish the proper sense of urgency around change in an organization. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Uzzi | 1/17/2014

      " Rehash of previous work stretched out. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric Durso | 1/15/2014

      " How to create a sense of urgency in your organization. Good business principles. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Boal | 12/28/2013

      " Kotter's discussion about what it takes to drive change and progress in an organization has been very relevant to the work I'm doing right now. I struggle with his advice on the "No-Nos," but have taken a number of his points to heart and apply them daily. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea McDowell | 12/16/2013

      " It's hard to believe someone needed to write a book on how to convince people that problems are real and should be acted on instead of ignored. But it was a fast read, I enjoyed it, and I learned quite a bit. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 12/12/2013

      " The first few chapters were great but the last few were pretty repetitive. I agree with the author's advice to create true urgency and it is worth reading for this piece. This book seemed more like an expanded dissertation or whitepaper instead of enough for a full book. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 12/4/2013

      " Great book! Change initiatives take time and require setting a reason to change. The pain of staying with the status quo must be more than the pain required to change, if not why would people change? "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 12/3/2013

      " This was a good book with application to the workplace. It is great to read if you are in a work environment that is either going through change or needs to be enlightened about changes. Personally, I'd focus on the easy read of "Our Iceberg Is Melting" first. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 7/31/2013

      " Clear, straight-forward book, with lots of sensible advice. Recommended for anyone engaged in strategic planning. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joan | 7/18/2013

      " Sometimes stating the obvious I battled to read this book with any sense of urgency. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Figaro | 2/27/2012

      " apakah sesuatu hal adalah hal yang urgent? apakah memang benar-benar urgent? kenalilah melalui buku ini.. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Oakes | 2/12/2012

      " Great as far as understanding how to keep things productive. But the examples in the book were not detailed enough. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dante Willerton | 2/2/2012

      " I learned that it is imperative that things happen now and that there is no time for inaction. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guillermo | 4/14/2011

      " Great thought provoking book, every executive or organization reader should read it "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony B. | 8/29/2010

      " Great, accessible business book. Minimum of jargon, with broader lessons from examples explicitly set out too. I plan on rereading this, though I've yet to do it. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Radovan Janecek | 7/2/2010

      " I somehow liked the book but it was too long for what it had to say. A lot of pages about obvious stuff. But it is worth reading... "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/2/2009

      " This one was assigned by work for all in the leadership team to read. It talks about how the correct sense of urgency is needed to drive change. It includes examples of urgency both good and bad, how to install it and manage it. A good read along with John Kotter's other books on change. "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne Jarrett | 10/28/2009

      " Interesting view of the need to have a positive sense of urgency in our business culture. Not as good as his book Our Iceberg is melting, but interesting. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kamil | 7/25/2009

      " A must reading to develop companies. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 7/20/2009

      " This one was assigned by work for all in the leadership team to read. It talks about how the correct sense of urgency is needed to drive change. It includes examples of urgency both good and bad, how to install it and manage it. A good read along with John Kotter's other books on change. "

    • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 6/12/2009

      " Great book! Change initiatives take time and require setting a reason to change. The pain of staying with the status quo must be more than the pain required to change, if not why would people change? "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mitchell | 5/17/2009

      " I read this in conjunction with a work retreat. It's an okay book all about how to create the true sense of urgency necessary to facilitate necessary change in an organization. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Figaro | 1/4/2009

      " apakah sesuatu hal adalah hal yang urgent? apakah memang benar-benar urgent? kenalilah melalui buku ini.. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergio | 12/28/2008

      " In this book, Kotter expands his idea of urgency as one of the steps to managing change to being perhaps the most important step. He outlines the various ways urgency can be created and sustained within the workplace, and how to avoid "false urgency." "

    • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 12/2/2008

      " Makes you realize how much a false sense of urgency dictates most of your life's business. "

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    About the Narrator

    Bill Weideman has been active in theater since the first grade, and this interest led him to an undergraduate degree from Michigan State in radio and television broadcasting. He helped found the Ionia Community Theater and has performed with Central Park Players, Muskegon Civic Theater, and other regional theater groups. He has narrated and directed for Brilliance for many years. His repertoire includes everything from thrillers to romance to westerns to science fiction. He is also well-known in West Michigan as the patriarch of the Weideman Family Band.