Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John KotterOur Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

byJohn Kotter, Holger RathgeberIllustratorPeter Mueller

Hardcover | September 5, 2006

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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. 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.
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.

John P. Kotter, world-renowned expert on leadership, is the author of many books, including Leading Change and The Heart of Change. He is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, and a graduate of MIT and Harvard. He is co-founder of Kotter International, a leadership organization that h...
Title:Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any ConditionsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:160 pages, 8.44 × 5.74 × 0.65 inShipping dimensions:8.44 × 5.74 × 0.65 inPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031236198X

ISBN - 13:9780312361983


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A change management that can speak to anybody I am a business book reader and enjoy new concepts and ideas. Although Change Management is not a new concept, I found myself wanting to learn a bit more about an overused term in my workplace. So I started by reading a bit on John Kotter's work and quickly found this book. Our Iceberg is melting is a almost too easy way of understanding change management. Written as a fable about penguins, the book captures the essentials of managing change in business, or in everyday life. I few things about this book really make it a wonderful purchase for almost anyone interested in how to manage change. First, the end of the book has a 2 page summary that is exact and to the point. Second, the story is memorable and you'll be able to identify people in your environment with some of the main penguin characters (NoNo is a classic one). This association will ensure that you remember the book and its lessons in the future are you face more change management situations. Third, the book indicates how you can learn more if need be. This is a short story on what you need to do, but won't give you all the how. You'll need to read the Leading Change book by Kotter for that because change management is complex. Lastly, when read with colleagues or associates, it can be a good base for dealing with change. For example, let says you organization (work or social) is dealing with some significant changes. You can share this book with your colleagues and then discuss with them. The book's characters can encourage dialogue and will provide everyone with the same baseline. The book also invites you to visit the authors website for more tools. Overall, a wonderful book, easy to read for anyone!
Date published: 2011-05-25

Editorial Reviews

"Penguins illustrate how to conquer changeAt 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