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


• Melting icebergs are a metaphor for “change”.

• Melting icebergs come in different forms: products that are out of fashion, the knowledge that is no more relevant, a business strategy that is making losses consistently etc.

• This story is analogous to the common situation where people don't want to face up to difficult problems at home or at work.

• Never let complacency creep in our lives. Hard to change traditions and even harder to build a new culture.

• A changed “Thinking” and “Feelings” go a long way in changing the behaviour of people and leads them to better results in change management.

Language English
ISBN-10 0-230-01420-8
ISBN-13 978-0230014206
No of pages 147
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Macmillan
Published Date 01 Sep 2006

About Author

Author : Holger Rathgeber

2 Books

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