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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Our Iceberg Is Melting: Kotter Goodreads Author. Spencer Johnson Foreword by. Most of the denizens of the Antarctic penguin colony sneer at Fred, the quiet but observant scout who detects worrying signs that their home, an iceberg, is melting. Johnn must cleverly convince and enlist key players, such as Louis, the head penguin; Alice, the number two bird; the intractable NoNo the weather expert; and a passle of school-age penguins if he is to save th Most of the denizens of the Antarctic penguin colony sneer at Fred, the quiet but observant scout who detects worrying signs that their home, iceerg iceberg, is melting.
Fred must cleverly convince and enlist key players, such as Louis, the head penguin; Alice, the number two bird; the intractable NoNo the weather expert; and a passle of school-age penguins if he is to save the colony.
Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions, John Kotter
Their delightfully told journey illuminates in an unforgettable way how to manage the necessary change that surrounds us all. Simple explanatory material following the fable enhances the lasting value of these lessons.
Our Iceberg Is Melting is at once charming, accessible and profound; a treat for virtually any reader. Hardcoverpages.
Published September 5th by St. Martin’s Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Our Iceberg Is Meltingplease sign up. Be the first to ask a meltng about Our Iceberg Is Melting. Lists with This Book. May 08, David rated it did not like it Shelves: Not entirely coincidentally, the day that the invitation to the offsite meeting for an all-day training exercise based on the book showed up on my calendar, was the day icebrrg I gave notice.
I got out of there just in time.
Another couple of weeks and I’d have been dressing up as Fred the visionary penguin, baking under the soul-destroying glare of the fluorescent lights of the Sequoia room in the South San Francisco Embassy Suites. And believe me, I have paid my dues as far as abusive corporate training sessions are concerned: Can you guess which expert on dairy products writes the foreword to the parable of the penguins?
People who don’t work in the corporate world often succumb to the temptation to believe in wild conspiracy theories about plans for world domination by evil corporate overlords.
Our Iceberg Is Melting
I don’t lose much sleep over such theories. It’s not that I think the corporate wannabe overlords are benign. I just ask myself how much domination can we expect from an executive class that tries to instill loyalty by humiliating employees through forcing them to attend motivational offsite meetings based on this kind of drivel.
One of the blurbs on Amazon tells us that some upper manager type in the Department of Defence snapped up copies. I don’t know if I should feel more, or less, secure as a result. For such a short book this was a surprisingly tedious read. I know that change is inevitable and that people are more often than not resistant to change, hence the need for change management.
This little book sets out to make it a bit easier to relate to, and to highlight the importance of change and the pitfalls of change management. It also attempts to discuss the dangers of not changing in a dynamic environment.
As to whether this book will actu For such a short book this was a surprisingly tedious read. As to whether this book will actually change the way people react to change… well, the verdict is still out on that. Rating this book is difficult, since the practical implication also needs to be considered.
All in all I found reading it a bit dull, even if the principles are sound. I can hardly give it more than two stars at this stage… Nov 07, K.
Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. Company visitors from the USA. It is hard not to like this book especially if you read only one or two books in a year. You will like this book if you are working in a corporation that believes in continuous improvement driven by the desire to be the best leader and world-class. You will take this as a work bible if you want to be part of a big change and that your contribution is being desired and valued.
Change is the only thing permanent in this world.
When there kotger a change, we need to recogn Enjoyable easy read. When there is a change, we need to recognize it and be part of it instead of resisting it and stay forever in a morass.
Also, i all want to be counted. We all enjoy being recognized for our achievements. We all need to work and provide for our family or to our future. Some people may consider me an old icebberg dog but I can still learn new tricks and in my field of specialization that is information technology I.
My issue is the kottdr in this book because there seems to be an on-going racket among these pp book writers. This book is a fable with a colony of penguins and a seagull as characters. It has practically zero originality. But still, companies facing change bought meoting of this book and distributed to their employees hoping that this will change their mindset and behave like stupid mice.
Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions. The duo composed of a Harvard ou John Kotter and a global manager Holger Rathgeber probably had a frenzy of penguin movies Surfs Up, Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, Attack of the Penguins, Zombie Penguins, etc o their kids so they thought of using penguins instead of humans and seagull instead of mice.
Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of the new cheese! Set the Stage 1. Create a Sense of Urgency Help others see the need for change and the importance of acting immediately. Pull Together the Guiding Team Make sure there is a powerful group guiding the change — one with leadership skills, credibility, communications ability, authority, analytical skills, and a sense of urgency.
Decide What to Do 3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy Clarify how the future will be different from the past, and how you can make that future a reality. Make it Happen 4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy In Make sure as many others as possible understand and accept the vision and the strategy.
Empower Others to Act Remove as many barriers as possible so that those who want to make the vision a reality can do so. Produce Short-Term Wins Create some visible, unambiguous successes as soon as possible. Be relentless with irritating change after change until the vision is a reality Make It Stick 8. Create a New Culture Hold on to the new ways of behaving, and make sure they succeed, until they become strong enough to replace old traditions.
The two con men just added some details that are obviously included in the steps because everybody facing changes can think about them. There are a lot of these theories, practices or rules that authors of management or business books twist, rename and presto they have a new bestselling book. Quality Circles, Continuous Improvement, Kaizen.
Just like same idea but two different set characters, different milieus perhaps. Most glaringly, two sets of bestselling-authors. I just have to read this as a required reading for our company project and to put myself immediately into a raring-to-change mode. Oct 29, Anthony rated it it was amazing. Meltihg book accurately “types” people in a creative way, and subtly offers real tips for persuading large groups of people.
Sadly, some people who read this book will not be swayed by it – not because the information is untrue, but because people are unaware of what they are doing and how they are feeling.
If you doubt what I am saying How do you feel? Now cross your arms the other way, so that whatever arm you normally cross on top oud now under your other arm.
Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John P. Kotter
The point of this exercise is that there are many behaviors that people exhibit implicitly, without conscious awareness. Beyond behavior, people are usually unaware of their perspective on life, too.
In short, humans think they know what they think, but all too often we misinform ourselves. The conscious and the unconscious do not work in lock step. Mar 24, Daniel rated it liked it. Forced to read this by work.
Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
Cute little fable about penguins who are facing environmental changes and how only by changing themselves they can keep their colony alive. This was being touted as the “go-to” book for organizational learning and dealing with change.
Yes, the premise is cute and readable, and contains John Kotter’s excellent business sense of operational strength and leadership. I suggest you go to the books Good grief!
I suggest you go to the bookstore and buy a cup of coffee.