Set change in motion with Kotter’s 8 step change model examples

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Kotter's 8 step change model

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A change in motion stays in motion with detailed planning

Kickstart progress with a solid plan, then maintain momentum with collaboration and easy communication.

Design your process: Initiate change and maintain momentum when you meticulously plan out key steps.

Track team progress: Treat the various steps in the process as shareable milestones marking progress toward your overall goal.

Establish a common vocabulary: Adopt an easy-to-follow framework that can be implemented at all levels by group members supporting your vision.

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Lasting change is a group effort

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Kotter’s 8 step model is a simple process for implementing organizational change. Named after business school professor John P. Kotter, Kotter’s change management model is highly versatile and applicable to various group situations including business settings, academic institutions, community organizations, and more.

Kotter’s change model is an important 8 step process because of its focus on both initiating and maintaining effective change. To increase the likelihood of widespread adoption of a new initiative or idea, Kotter’s change theory provides an easy-to-follow framework that requires little expertise to adopt.

Kotter’s eight steps, as recorded in his book Leading Change, are to:

- Create a sense of urgency – Clearly communicate the problem you’re addressing and the need to solve it now to rally your workforce.

- Build a guiding coalition – Enlist trustworthy, respected team members who already support your endeavor to share the message and help you strategize and motivate.

- Form a strategic vision and initiatives – Clarify your future vision and establish relevant shared goals among the group.

- Enlist a volunteer army – Introduce incentives that encourage people—lots and lots of people—to willingly join and support your cause.

- Enable action by removing barriers – Review your current processes and communications to start implementing change by removing inefficiencies that can inhibit project success.

- Generate short-term wins – Reward the group with small successes along the way that indicate progress toward the overall goal.

- Sustain acceleration – Keep up the momentum by pushing forward more quickly after initial successes and change implementation.

- Institute change – Enthusiastically illustrate the connection between these new practices and your eventual goals and vision to form lasting habits amongst the entire organization.

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