A Sense of Urgency

Lawline Staff | September 7, 2010

John P. Kotter's A Sense of Urgency discusses the critical importance of urgency in moving ahead in life. He further contrasts urgency with the alternative dangers: complacency and a false sense of urgency:

  • Complacency deals with action that completely ignores opportunity and is not alert to potential hazards.
  • False Sense of Urgency is defined by frantic action, running from meeting to meeting, writing a frenzy of emails, and the like without doing any productive or innovative work to move the company forward.
  • True Urgency is defined by a fast past, gut-driven will and desire to advance ahead. The focus with true urgency is on important issues and overcoming obstacles.

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