Kotter’s up against it

Establish a sense of urgency, he said


In other words – make it worth getting out of bed

But If I can sleep my way through life

Avoiding all the strain and strife

Why would I wake to feel the pain?

I think I’ll go to bed again


Form a powerful guiding coalition


This I treat with great suspicion

Sounds like war talk, plots and schemes

PR, persuasion, sell the dreams

To me – but I don’t really care –

I’d rather sit and quietly stare


Create a vision


About what?  

And why?  Who for?  For me?

For others’ future plans, maybe?

How could this vision touch my soul?

It’s only work – it’s not MY goal.


Communicate the vision


Oh good, another presentation

Another power-point demonstration

Can’t wait – will there be coffee, too,

And Danish pastries for the crew

Who they’ll persuade to make things so

But, oh, how little do they know.


Empower others to act on the vision


Look, mate, I’ve got a life to live

What more d’you want us all to give?

It’s only work – it goes away

My deal is that I’m here today

And will return tomorrow, too

And do just what I have to do


Plan for and create short term wins


‘Quick wins’, they call them, in the trade

Implies some sort of hit parade

‘At number one the HR team,

For handling redundancies like a dream!’

What’s ‘winning’ in this game, for you?

Your definition won’t be true

For others who are in this change

Be careful – we will rearrange

The things we think don’t work for us

With no discussion and no fuss.


Consolidate improvements and produce still more change


Depends on how we feel, you see,

On what will stay and what will be

We might decide to stay the same

Regardless of the changing game

So don’t be fooled by what we say

The past will never go away


Institutionalise new approaches


Unfreeze, re-freeze those blocks of ice

Good old Kurt Lewin – sounds so nice

To melt, to run and then to find

Yourself, a block, in someone’s mind

Of ice, to pop into their gin

As they raise their glass to a new begin                   (ning)

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