Our Iceberg Is Melting.

John Kotter , Holger Rathgeber



This charming story about a penguin colony in Antarctica illustrates key truths about how deal with the issue of change: handle the challenge well and you can prosper greatly; handle it poorly and you put yourself at risk. The penguins are living happily on their iceberg as they have done for many years. Then one curious penguin discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home - and pretty much no one listens to him. The characters in this fable are like people we recognise, even ourselves. Their story is one of resistance to change and heroic action, confusion and insight, seemingly intractable obstacles and the most clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It is a story that is occuring in different forms around us today - but the penguins handle change a great deal better than most of us.

Based on John Kotter's pioneering work on how to make smart change happen faster and better, the lessons you can learn from this short and easy-to-read book will serve you well in your job, in your family, and in your community. And these lessons are becoming ever more important as the world around us changes faster and faster.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Recognize the Need for Change: The book emphasizes the importance of recognizing when change is necessary and being proactive in addressing challenges.

  2. Effective Communication: Clear and consistent communication is essential for gaining buy-in and support from all stakeholders during times of change.

  3. Create a Sense of Urgency: Kotter stresses the importance of creating a sense of urgency to motivate action and overcome complacency.

  4. Build a Guiding Coalition: Forming a diverse and influential group of individuals to champion the change effort can help mobilize support and drive progress.

  5. Empower Action: Empowering individuals at all levels of the organization to take action and contribute to the change effort fosters ownership and commitment.

  6. Create Short-Term Wins: Celebrating small victories along the way helps maintain momentum and build confidence in the change process.

  7. Consolidate Gains and Produce More Change: Once initial progress has been made, it's important to build on successes and continue driving change forward.

  8. Anchor New Approaches in the Culture: Embedding new behaviors and practices into the organizational culture ensures that change becomes sustainable over the long term.

  9. Address Resistance: Acknowledging and addressing resistance to change, whether through education, involvement, or incentives, is critical for overcoming obstacles.

  10. Lead with a Purpose: Effective leadership during times of change requires a clear vision, strong values, and a commitment to the well-being of the organization and its members.

Language English
ISBN-10 0-230-01420-8
ISBN-13 9780230014206
No of pages 147
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Macmillan
Published Date 01 Sep 2006

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Author : Holger Rathgeber

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