- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (Sept. 5 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031236198X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312361983
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.7 x 21.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Customer Reviews: 772 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions Hardcover – Sept. 5 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
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“Penguins illustrate how to conquer change
At first glance, Our Iceberg Is Melting seems easy to dismiss as an attempt to fuse a few hot topics - global warming, marching penguins - into a Who Moved My Cheese? fable-as-business-lesson best seller.
But this penguin parable has a pedigree in the form of Harvard Business School's John Kotter, author of Leading Change, the 1996 business guide that also sported our flat-footed, feathered friends on the cover. The Heart of Change was his 2002 follow-up.
This time out, Kotter moves the penguins inside, using how a colony of them copes with a potential catastrophe - yes, their iceberg is melting - to illustrate his eight-step process of successful change.
Their story is short and peppered with the personalities organizations inevitably include: the naysayers and nitpickers, the innovators and agitators, the leaders and followers. The idea is that everyone in a group must play a role in navigating change.
In that vein, Kotter and co-author Holger Rathgeber write that their goal is to use a good story with visual stimuli (full-color, cartoon-like illustrations) to influence a broad range of people to better handle change and produce results. In other words, companies should buy a copy for everyone from the CEO to the stock clerk.
This approach paid off for Spencer Johnson of Who Moved My Cheese?, who writes the foreword.
Kotter's process advocates quick action to confront issues, group thinking and the buy-in of the whole organization. The goal: replace old habits with new behaviors and make them stick.
Whether you're a fan of lowest-common-denominator reading or not, there's no denying the logic behind Kotter's steps and the at-times clever way they are woven into the penguins' journey.” ―Michelle Archer, USA TODAY
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I would thoroughly recommend this book to all, even those not considering business management!
If you share this cute penguin fable with you team, you will enable conversations which can flow into the kinds of change management projects which will work both for the team and your whole organisation. Amongst other things, I learnt new ideas for getting on message despite differences in the team, and thus being better able to win over those you need to persuade to change. It isn't a book heavy in change management theory. It's not a 'how-to'. It simply describes a generalised eight step process to change - you must identify how each of the steps works out in your situation. That's why it's a book to share, discuss over a beer, and brainstorm your way out of stagnation to something more productive.
It offers a logical approach to dealing with impending change, which most of us will face in the current economy.
The general premise of the book assumes that a natural change will need to occur (i.e. the iceberg is melting), and ignores one of life's principles that the best move you ever make is the one you didn't do!
I find increasingly that less certain outcomes than a melting iceberg will have colleagues running around demanding changes that they guess might be needed. Remember to use the part of the book that advises you to research these assumptions.
Easy to read and the fable is just right. Loved it.
p.s. don't go expecting anything deep from this, it should provoke more of an "...oh yer.!.." moment.