Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions Paperback – January 1, 1994
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John Kotter has been on the faculty at Harvard Business School since 1972. He is the author of eleven award-winning titles and frequently gives speeches and seminars at Harvard and around the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Holger Rathgeber spent his early professional career in Asia. He has worked in industry since the early 1990's and is now with one of the leading medical technology companies, Bectom Dickinson. Raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Rathgeber currently resides in White Plains, New York.
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1972. He is the author of eleven award-winning titles and frequently gives speeches and seminars at Harvard and around the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Holger Rathgeber spent his early professional career in Asia. He has worked in industry since the early 1990s and is now with one of the leading medical technology companies, Bectom Dickinson. Raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Rathgeber currently resides in White Plains, New York.
- Publisher : Macmillan; 10736th edition (January 1, 1994)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1447263278
- ISBN-13 : 978-1447263272
- Item Weight : 13.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.35 x 0.55 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Change is not an option, resisting is only going to cause problems and hinder improvement. “Everything wrong in your life is just a sign. A signal to change. Be humble enough to bow your knee and listen and act.” – Tai Lopez
There is a great story behind "Our Iceberg is Melting". In fact, if you are in the middle of a transformation you would realise about each
pinguïn (character) on it.
Last but not least, there is a short video on Youtube played for the author of the book that illustrate the process of changing.
The first 100 pages in the book is the fable about penguins who need to move to a new home as they discovered their iceberg is melting. They convince the senior management penguins and plan the change with a selected team of change agents. They manage to convince the other penguins that action is needed, get a quick win and manage to successfully change.
After that, there are a few pages explaining the eight-step process for change that was taken from John Kotter's research and his earlier books on managing change. The pages aren't enough to get an in-depth understanding of Kotter's research, but for that, you will need to read Kotter's other work.
The story was easy to read as it was simple (simplistic?). I found it mildly interesting. There wasn't much news in this book if you are already familiar with Kotter's research, but then again it doesn't take much time to read as the book is very thin. The book wasn't bad, but I would probably not recommend it to anyone either as it was definitively not a book that impressed me. I was thinking about 2 or 3 stars. Decided to go with 3 as it does seem to achieve its own purpose. Just ok.
Written in a style that everyone can understand, even possibly my 3 year old daughter, this short, illustrated book, offers a crash course in effective change management. I couldn't help but look at my organization in a different light after walking through the 8 steps explained in the book. Ever since, I can asses any new situation where change is in question by asking how it applies to the "penguin book." If you haven't read this and are involved in any organization that could benefit from any type of change, I highly recommend you give it a read.
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I would thoroughly recommend this book to all, even those not considering business management!
Its a short book probably taking just over an hour to get through so ideal to give to employees to fit in around day to day responsibilities.
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.