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Accelerate: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World by John P. Kotter

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SEVEN

THE BIG OPPORTUNITY

Great urgency that drives people in a dozen different directions achieves nothing.

The energy that is at the core of accelerated action and dual operating systems is an aligned energy. The kind of pioneers who create these systems begin by developing not just a powerful sense of strategic urgency among large numbers of people, but a force for change that aligns people’s feelings, thoughts, and actions.

Alignment means group focus, and that begs the question: Focus on what: In order to build the momentum needed to overcome a management-driven hierarchy’s tendency toward stability? To overcome the forces that stall any inclination to leap into a new way of operating with speed and agility? To get the most people moving ...

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