Graham leads Kotter International’s client engagements in Europe. His motivation comes from watching people see amazing results from the previously hidden potential of their colleagues and teams. From starting his own successful business in London, to European general management, he has worked in over 20 countries, and is fascinated by the combined influences of national and corporate cultures on how leaders successfully drive change.
Graham is based out of London, United Kingdom.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
I was a Kotter fan. For several years I had applied and coached others on the principles I had learned from Dr. Kotter’s books and articles and I saw first hand evidence of the impact. Having the opportunity to be immersed in and contribute to developing our understanding of change is a privilege that does not happen too often in a career. When I was first introduced to the people at Kotter, the most powerful impression came from those I met. The level of knowledge and insight combined with commitment and pragmatism creates such a motivating, creative environment. Both the quality and qualities of the people make this a compelling place to work.
What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?
Many people have been taught and apply the approaches detailed in Dr. Kotter’s research and writings. However, the evidence is clear that we struggle with effectively leading change. Europe is experiencing major shifts politically, socially, and economically and I enjoy supporting organisations, beyond books and presentations, as they navigate this complex landscape with speed and agility.
What’s got you thinking right now?
Currently most of my thinking, reading (Financial Times, The Economist) and listening (BBC, France 24, RT.com) is on the impact of Brexit and the changes occurring in Europe. It is intriguing to consider how and why this has happened, but more productive to figure out how we at Kotter can help people and organisations navigate a successful path, capitalising on opportunities in such an uncertain environment.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
My younger Millennial colleagues (who help me with my continual frustrations with technology) may be surprised to know that I started my career in IT teaching computing skills.