[x]

CLIENT LOGIN: ADD SPEAKER TO FOLIO

Please enter your username and password below to add this speaker to your folio.

John Kotter
Travels From TRAVELS FROM
Massachusetts, USA
Speaker Fee Range SPEAKING FEE RANGE ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$75,000 and above
Book This Core Agency Speaker BOOK JOHN KOTTER
speakers@coreagency.com
PROFILE
John Kotter
Travels From TRAVELS FROM
Massachusetts, USA
Travels From SPEAKING FEE RANGE*
$75,000 and above
Email Core Agency Book John Kotter
speakers@coreagency.com
  • Foremost expert on change leadership.
  • Founder of Kotter International, a consultancy that has helped leaders around the world achieve their ambitious objectives since 2008.
  • The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School.
  • Author of 19 books, 12 of which are bestsellers, including Our Iceberg is Melting.

John Kotter is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School. His ideas and books, as well as the company he founded in 2008, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizations and their own lives in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Kotter is known for his thoughts on change leadership, and penned his findings in his 8-Step Process for Leading Change in the mid-1990s while teaching at Harvard Business School. He has authored 19 books, 12 of them bestsellers. His most popular book, Our Iceberg is Melting (2006), takes a group of penguins on a melting iceberg and the changes they undertake to survive as an allegory. Simple yet unforgettable, the story connects with a broad range of people to show the need for major organizational transformations. His book Leading Change (1996) was nominated by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential business management books ever written.

Kotter’s research and pursuits in education, business, and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of “millions leading, billions benefiting.”

VIDEOS
TESTIMONIALS

"Someone had mistakenly told me that "his writing is better than his presentation." Nothing could be further from the truth! One of the most inspiring and thought generating speakers I have encountered. Reminds me of an academic Tony Robbins (please, that is my frame of compliment!) What better gift to give other than the gift of provoking thought and changes in behavior."

"A superb performer and the content was highly relevant. Fun. Fascinating. Thought provoking. Challenging. I will remember him and his challenge to us all for a long time."

"Fabulous presenter, terrific command of material. Excellent engagement with participants, expecting us to read, giving us credit for figuring out the conclusion. A powerful message!

"Top notch. No wonder he is such a world renowned figure. Just great."

"Astonishing. Superb lecturing. Amazingly special and personally very helpful. Makes it all worthwhile."

PROGRAMS

John Kotter proclaims that “the world is changing faster than your leaders.” Does your company or organization want to stay relevant and effective amidst a constantly changing world? If so, you will benefit greatly from Kotter's speaking engagements, based on his 8-Step Process for Leading Change—an acclaimed model for over 20 years—and Kotter’s latest research. Kotter and his team work to “focus not only on the event itself, but on the flow of activity that occurs before, during and after it.” Booking Kotter is not merely booking a speech; it is booking your organization’s first step towards long-term organizational transformation.

Kotter International will work with your organization to create a tailored program. Each program is highly interactive and encourages audience participation and discussion. The goal is not to walk away from a lecture, but to embolden actions that produce incredible results. Equip your team with the skills to transform continuously; motivate your leaders to be faster than the world itself.

For nearly four decades, Dr. Kotter has been studying managers and executives who work in complex organizations. His focus has been on a broad range of questions: Who are these people? What are the key challenges they face in their work? What do they actually do on the job? Why are some much more effective and/or successful than others? How does true organizational change happen in the real world of business? This stream of work has enabled him to uncover vital characteristics and principles for any successful change effort, as well as help our clients lead their own organizations in better ways.

Through his work, Kotter International wants to provide useful ways of thinking about leadership in these large, complex organizations, and show why that kind of leadership is particularly important today. We want to help firms fill significant gaps in their leadership capacity. We want to help a critical mass of leaders in these large organizations become literate in the 8-Step Process for Leading Change, as well as help them understand the critical differences between leadership and management. And we want to work directly with these organizations, not just teaching the principles, but also putting the principles to work in real-world change efforts.

Dr. John Kotter speaks to audiences in a dynamic and interactive fashion. During his presentation, Professor Kotter will utilize slides, video clips and other media to relate how companies fail and succeed. He then opens up the floor for comments and suggested outcomes or solutions. This type of format allows audiences to interact and be a part of the demonstration of change. Participation is vital in order to achieve successful transformation. When Dr. Kotter speaks to his audience, he speaks with one and only one goal: to motivate action that gets better results.

"A Sense of Urgency"
Clients will explore the importance of this seemingly easy to express topic. What is the right way to create a sense of urgency? What is a false sense of urgency? Where do you go once the urgency is established? These and other important questions will be answered as your company explores how to follow the right path to establishing a true sense of urgency and continuing down the road to successful change.

"Leading Change"
This speech focuses on the eight-step process of implementing successful transformation. You will learn how companies can achieve their goals and how important it is to have successful leadership in order to make change happen. With personal attention to a company′s efforts and failures, John Kotter can help to create lasting change as well as successful leaders.

"Our Iceberg Is Melting"
When change is needed in an organization, sometimes the hardest part is getting everyone to believe it. John Kotter will introduce his eight-steps for successful change in an easy to understand format. By providing the guidance needed in an ever changing world, audiences will begin to see how dealing with the challenges of change can be compelling when presented in the right way.

"Succeeding in a Changing World"
As the economy and world change, so must organizations. The pressure for organizations to modify their business will only increase in the years to come. Many times a good plan can get lost in the midst of implementation. The methods used to restructure or reorganize often fail due to complacency, loss of traction, lack of leadership and other barriers. Learn from John Kotter how great companies succeed where others fail to achieve lasting change in today′s world.

"Leadership vs. Management"
Many organizations today are over managed and under led because people do not know the difference between management and leadership. There are significant differences and each have an effect, both negative and positive, on a company′s performance. John Kotter will explain and motivate the vital importance of the right leadership needed for a company′s success.

BEST-SELLING BOOKS

Buy-In: Saving Your Good Idea from Getting Shot Down
You′ve got a good idea. You know it could make a crucial difference for you, your organization, your community. You present it to the group, but get confounding questions, inane comments, and verbal bullets in return. Before you know what′s happened, your idea is dead, shot down. You′re furious. Everyone has lost: Those who would have benefited from your proposal. You. Your company. Perhaps even the country.

It doesn′t have to be this way, maintain John Kotter and Lorne Whitehead. In Buy-In, they reveal how to win the support your idea needs to deliver valuable results. The key? Understand the generic attack strategies that naysayers and obfuscators deploy time and time again. Then engage these adversaries with tactics tailored to each strategy. By "inviting in the lions" to critique your idea--and being prepared for them--you′ll capture busy people′s attention, help them grasp your proposal′s value, and secure their commitment to implementing the solution.

The book presents a fresh and amusing fictional narrative showing attack strategies in action. It then provides several specific counterstrategies for each basic category the authors have defined--including:

  • Death-by-delay: Your enemies push discussion of your idea so far into the future it′s forgotten.
  • Confusion: They present so much data that confidence in your proposal dies.
  • Fearmongering: Critics catalyze irrational anxieties about your idea.
  • Character assassination: They slam your reputation and credibility.

    Smart, practical, and filled with useful advice, Buy-In equips you to anticipate and combat attacks--so your good idea makes it through to make a positive change.
    Order Here




    A Sense of Urgency
    True urgency is a gut-level determination to move and win, now. It’s 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.

    Bestselling 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 wheelspinning 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 “NoNos” 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.
    Order Here




    Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
    Most of the denizens of the Antarctic penguin colony sneer at Fred, the quiet but observant scout who detects worrying signs that their home, an iceberg, is melting. Fred must cleverly convince and enlist key players, such as Louis, the head penguin; Alice, the number two bird; the intractable NoNo the weather expert; and a passle of school-age penguins if he is to save the colony.

    Their delightfully told journey illuminates in an unforgettable way how to manage the necessary change that surrounds us all. Simple explanatory material following the fable enhances the lasting value of these lessons.

    Our Iceberg Is Melting is at once charming, accessible and profound; a treat for virtually any reader.
    Order Here




  • SIMILAR SPEAKERS
    Gary Hamel
    The 2015 Thinkers50, a global ranking of management thinkers published every two years, once again placed Gary Hamel amongst its venerated list of top thought…
    Suze Orman
    From health care plans to retirement funds, Suze Orman shows you the smartest ways to move your money. Ranked among the best female motivational speakers…
    Magic Johnson Jr.
    Earvin “Magic” Johnson went from being one of the most powerful players on the NBA court to one of the most influential business figures in…
    Muhammad Yunus
    Professor Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for his revolutionary work in establishing the Grameen Movement; this movement, based on micro-finance…
    Richard Branson
    Sir Richard Branson, generally considered one of the greatest marketing and branding leaders in the world today, is a businessman and investor from the UK.…
    John Cleese
    John Cleese is one of the world's most instantly recognizable comic celebrities and writers. His work on the groundbreaking and iconic Monty Python's Flying Circus,…
    Mike Rowe
    Mike Rowe is best known as the host of the ground breaking television hit Dirty Jobs, in which each week he took on the tasks…
    Martha Stewart
    Martha Stewart has always drawn inspiration from her surroundings. Raised in Nutley, New Jersey, in a family with six children, she developed a passion for…
    Wayne Brady
    Actor, improviser, singer and dancer, renowned for his work on television, film and the stage, multi-Emmy winner Wayne Brady is a true Renaissance celebrity of…

    WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT CORE SPEAKERS

    “Working with your speakers agency on our training projects during the year proved to be a great business choice. I felt that my account reps were always around when I needed them, willing to help and listen. They showed flexibility when it was required and were reliable and dependable. ”
    KPMG, Europe
    KPMG, Europe
    “Everyone at your speakers bureau was incredibly attentive and easy to work with; you have been a conference organizer's dream!”
    ABS Capital Partners
    ABS Capital Partners
    “It was an extreme pleasure to work with our account rep. She was friendly, flexible, and knowledgeable about all their speakers. She made the process simple. I cannot begin to put into words the impact that our speaker had on our audience. People are still taking about his presentation and his program set a standard on all diversity programs.”
    FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    FDIC: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    “I'm extremely impressed with your speakers bureau's follow-through, responsiveness and willingness to understand our needs so that he could match the best speakers with what we are looking for. I will definitely work with you again in the future. Thank you for all that you did to help us create an exceptional learning experience for our attendees.”
    American Society of Association Executives
    American Society of Association Executives
    “This has been one of the most outstanding speaker agencies I have had in my 25+ years in the hospitality industry. They have helped my company secure speakers for years to the delight of my attendees. They have secured high profile speakers, even within the confines of a tight turnaround and an even tighter budget. I recommend their services without hesitation. They are truly leaders in their profession looking out for their clients: excellent is all I can say!”
    AHIMA
    AHIMA
    “SPEAKING.com / Core Agency were very helpful in every way possible. I would recommend them to others and we will most definitely secure all our future conference speakers through them again.”
    Babcock & Wilcox
    Babcock & Wilcox
    “Our Account Executive was a pleasure to work with to arrange our keynote presenter for the Sustainable Brands Sydney Conference. He was swift to respond and his communication was always clear. If I am looking for international speakers, I will think of SPEAKING.com in future.”
    Sustainable Brands
    Sustainable Brands
    “Working with your speakers bureau has been a pleasure. Everyone on your team was extremely responsive and informative, and really helped us to customize our event. I will be sure to reach out to your agency again in the future with any speaker needs that I may have.”
    The Advisory Board Company
    The Advisory Board Company
    “I just wanted to send a quick follow-up note to say – THANK YOU! I appreciate your partnership, and perseverance in helping us to find the right speaker for our group. Our speaker was absolutely excellent! The group loved him; it was perfect.”
    DeVry Education Group
    DeVry Education Group
    “Everyone at your speakers agency were professional and helpful throughout the process, making it easy to book, communicate, and prepare for our event.”
    Hewlett Packard
    Hewlett Packard
    “Our event was what I would call 'over the top'... The survey results were at 92% very favorable. The speakers formed such a good relationship with myself and others at the conference. I am confident we will bring them back to do more. I will definitely contact you when we are in need of additional services. You have been the best!”
    American Express
    American Express
    “Our account rep was fantastic; he is very responsive, handled registration for our speaker, submitted the contract and invoice quickly - so easy to work with. Thank you!”
    Deloitte
    Deloitte
    “Our Account Executive is an extraordinary person. Always available, very kind and funny. Eager to help and always quick to respond. I have so much fun working with him. A very delightful experience. I hope continue working together for years to come!”
    Credicorp Bank
    Credicorp Bank
    “I will certainly recommend to others that they contact you for guest speakers in the future. It was a pleasure working with you as well. We all appreciate your professionalism and exemplary service.”
    BASF
    BASF
    “Our agent was great to work with. Very easy to reach when needed and promptly returned messages. Thank you for making our event such a big success, we are looking forward to working with you again soon!”
    American Lung Association
    American Lung Association
    “Our speakers were absolutely outstanding and top class. Once again, thank you for making this happen for us. You have been outstanding and the best speakers bureau we have ever worked with!”
    Volkswagen
    Volkswagen
    “Your speakers bureau was a tremendous resource for the NHL as we planned and executed our NHL Club Business Meetings. Their assistance with securing our keynote was invaluable. They provided detailed information in a timely manner which was crucial to the success of the event. The execution was seamless! ”
    National Hockey League
    National Hockey League
    “My Account Executive was able to work within my quick turn around time and price limitations to find the perfect speaker for the job. Although I thought finding and booking a speaker for our sales meeting would be the most difficult part of the planning process, your agency made it the easiest.”
    Ales Group USA, Inc.
    Ales Group USA, Inc.
    “SPEAKING.com does a wonderful job! Our AE always responds promptly and is very professional, thank you!”
    AlphaNet
    AlphaNet
    “Finding the appropriate speaker for an event is a challenge. Your stellar speakers agency made the process extremely easy. I would recommend your agency to anyone.”
    Mercury University
    Mercury University
    “I so appreciated my representative for his responsiveness and for the ease with which I could communicate with him. This was my first time having to secure the talent for our program myself, and I could not have asked for a better experience with your speakers agency.”
    Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity for Columbus, GA
    Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity for Columbus, GA
    “The retreat was extraordinary, professional, and personable. Everyone is still raving about it. They said it was the best experience of their lifetime. And, I would have to agree. I most certainly hope we have the opportunity to work together in the future.”
    YPO: Young Presidents’ Organization
    YPO: Young Presidents’ Organization
    “Our client rep was a pleasure to work with. He was well organized and kept me updated every step of the way. The level of professionalism and the quality of the materials received were excellent. I will be in touch for future speakers!”
    Mattel
    Mattel
    “Once again our agent did an outstanding job. Not only did he provide me with a number of options for potential speakers but he helped with seeing who was available, when they could speak, and getting everything done in a timely fashion. I look forward to working with him again.”
    Auburn University
    Auburn University
    “My account executive was very professional as well as patient with us. The entire experience of working with your agency was cordial and professional, with attention to all the, sometimes complicated, important details.”
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Core: the central, innermost, or most essential part of anything.
    Contact Us