Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Jan 2014
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The huge international bestseller: a simple fable with profound lessons for working and living in an ever changing world.
About the Author
John Kotter has been on the faculty at Harvard Business School since 1972. He is the author of 11 books that have won awards, honours, or been business bestsellers. Professor Kotter gives speeches and seminars at Harvard and around the world. Holger Rathgeber works for Becton Dickinson, one of the world's leading medical technology companies.
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I would thoroughly recommend this book to all, even those not considering business management!
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.
If you share this cute penguin fable with you team, you will enable conversations which can flow into the kinds of change management projects which will work both for the team and your whole organisation. Amongst other things, I learnt new ideas for getting on message despite differences in the team, and thus being better able to win over those you need to persuade to change. It isn't a book heavy in change management theory. It's not a 'how-to'. It simply describes a generalised eight step process to change - you must identify how each of the steps works out in your situation. That's why it's a book to share, discuss over a beer, and brainstorm your way out of stagnation to something more productive.
Easy to read and the fable is just right. Loved it.