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Our Iceberg Is Melting


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

How to manage successful change in an organisation?

Harvard Business School professor Kotter, author of the bestselling Leading Change (1996), teams up with executive Rathgeber to offer his contribution to the “business fable” genre.

“Our Iceberg Is Melting” is a parable about a colony of easy-to-relate-to penguins to teach us how to understand and manage successful change.

Under the leadership of one particularly astute bird, a small team of penguins with varied personalities and leadership skills implement a thoughtful plan for coaxing the other birds in their colony through a time of necessary but wrenching change.

Kotter’s engaging story introduces the 8 principles of problem solving. This can be used in a variety of venues from business, church, child raising, sports, etc. Kotter illustrates how the penguins, faced with a tumultuous dilemma, identified the problem, created urgency, developed a team-building structure, and stepped outside the box. Along the way, the story is entertaining and includes a diverse array of skepticism, cynicism and other challenges that we all face.

The book is also very well illustrated and can easily be read in a couple of hours. It’s the perfect business book for those who never thought they’d read a business book.