I just finished reading John Kotter's A Sense of Urgency. Kotter who many consider to be the foremost thinker on leadership change management does a great job in addressing how critical having a "clear sense of urgency" is necessary to initiating change and sustaining of climate of change.
Here are few insights and thoughts by Kotter that I hope will prod you to read this book.
"... urgency is becoming increasingly important because change is shifting from episodic to continuous." p. xi.
"True urgency focuses on critical issues, not agendas overstuffed with the important and the trivial. True urgency is driven by a deep determination to win, not anxiety about losing." p. 6
"When people have a true sense of urgency, they think that action on critical issues is needed now, not eventually, not when it fits easily into a schedule. Now means making real progress every single day." p.7
"Urgent behavior is not driven by a belief that all is well or that everything is a mess but, instead, that the world contains great opportunities and great hazards." p. 8
"Complacency is pervasive, in part because it simply is not seen ..." p. 9