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An Idea A Day by David Thompson

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CHANGE

SEEK OUT CHANGE

Jonathan Gifford

BRINGING ABOUT CHANGE is the primary function of leadership. Change is frightening because it is, by definition, a leap into the dark. However, change is unavoidable: market conditions can shift quite suddenly and with little or no warning.

Leaders must instil a sense of open-mindedness in the organization and encourage the team to explore new ideas.

The idea

Harvard Business professor and author John Kotter writes: “Leadership produces change. That is its primary function.” Leaders must set the direction for change, and Kotter points out that this is not the same as planning: “Planning is a management ...

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