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Our Iceberg Is Melting

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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 ...more
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I knew it was time to leave the corporate world when our vice-president, a friend who had been a truly smart woman when we first started to work together, bought 300 copies of this trendy 2006 business fable* (involving penguins and melting icebergs) for the entire division.

Not entirely coincidentally, the day that the invitation to the offsite meeting for an all-day training exercise based on the book showed up on my calendar, was the day that I gave notice.

I got out of there just in time. Ano
Dirk Grobbelaar

For such a short book this was a surprisingly tedious read.

I know that change is inevitable and that people are more often than not resistant to change, hence the need for change management. This little book sets out to make it a bit easier to relate to, and to highlight the importance of change and the pitfalls of change management. It also attempts to discuss the dangers of not changing in a dynamic environment.

The problem is, there’s nothing really new here.

As to whether this book will actu
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 09, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Company visitors from the USA
Enjoyable easy read. It is hard not to like this book especially if you read only one or two books in a year. You will like this book if you are working in a corporation that believes in continuous improvement driven by the desire to be the best leader and world-class. You will take this as a work bible if you want to be part of a big change and that your contribution is being desired and valued. Why not? Change is the only thing permanent in this world. When there is a change, we need to recogn ...more
Oct 29, 2011 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I wondered how this book was different than "Who Moved My Cheese?" The answer is that this book deals with organizational or social change, while WMMC? deals mostly with personal change.

The book accurately "types" people in a creative way, and subtly offers real tips for persuading large groups of people. Sadly, some people who read this book will not be swayed by it - not because the information is untrue, but because people are unaware of what they are doing and how they are feeling.
الكتاب سهل و بسيط و هو من نوعية كتب التنمية البشرية و التى تعتمد على قصة مرمزة ل جذب اهتمام القارىء اكثر من مجرد كتاب تنمية بشرية ذو عناوين رئيسية و عناوين فرعية.....
الكتاب هو اشبه ب كتاب من الذي حرك قطعة الجبن الخاصة بي ؟ و لكن على مستوى community
اكبر ..جماعة من الناس فى فريق او شركة او مصنع او مدرسة .... تجمع من الناس ترتبطهم مصالح و ميول مشتركة

الكتاب يتحدث عن ضرورة اعتناق التغيير لكيلا تجرفنا الحياة و تحولنا ك الديناصورات او ك بطاريق جبلهم الجليدى مهدد بالذوبان و هم مهددون بالتشتت و الضياع
May 29, 2008 Jill rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Good grief! This was being touted as the "go-to" book for organizational learning and dealing with change. Yes, the premise is cute and readable, and contains John Kotter's excellent business sense of operational strength and leadership. But the true brilliance of this book is that it costs $26.00 and businesses will be buying it by the bucketful and subjecting their teams to yet another interminable day or weekend long work retreat to identify their inner penguins. I suggest you go to the books ...more
Sep 23, 2012 ليندا rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جبلنا الجليدي يذوب ...رواية ...عن البطاريق :))
من أبسط وأعمق ما قد قرأت ...وكأنها قصة عن النهضة بسلوب يكاد يصل لمستوى الروائي الطفولي ..
لا استطيع ان اقوم بالمهة وحدي
1_لن نتحد ما دام كل منا يشير إلى اتجاه معاكس لغيره

2_ جماعة البطاريق الذين يريدون التغيير ويؤمنون بضرورته:
الناس لن يفهموا كلماتنا المفلسفة ...سنسرد لهم كل الأمر بداية بأسئلة ثم سنروي لهم القصة ..قصة التغيير والاكتشاف .
بدأ بطريق بسرد أسئلة على جماعة البطاريق وكان محور الاسئلة يدور عما يحترمونه من قيم وما يكنوه من احترام للمعتقدات. كانت
Feb 17, 2011 Abdullatif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
اجمل شيء في هذا الكتاب ان البطريق يمكن ان يقدم عرضاً للبطاريق الاخرى بواسطة الباور بوينت !!!

كتاب يتحدث عن اهمية التغيير ( ان كان لا بد منه ) تحت اي ظرف و في اي مكان شرط توفر الارادة و النية.

انصح بقرائته لفائدته الجمة لمختلف الاشخاص الذين يعملون في كافة مجالات الحياة.
محمد عبدالمجيد
كتاب رائع غير كثير من المفاهيم
أنصح به كل من يسعى لإحداث تغيير ناجح
Sabrina Kammer
In der heutigen Gesellschaft wird das Thema Veränderungen gross geschrieben - auch an mir geht es nicht einfach so vorbei.
Tagtäglich lernen wir immer mehr dazu - ob das nun im beruflichen Bereich ist oder im Privaten. Wir lernen nie aus und wenn man betrachtet, wie schnell sich die Gesellschaft weiter entwickelt und was von uns gefordert wird, sind wir beinahe gezwungen, uns weiter zu entwickeln und mit dem 'Trend' zu gehen. Denn wenn wir nicht immer mehr dazu lernen, werden wir irgendwann den A
Teresa Raetz
Meh. There is some good stuff here about managing change, I suppose, but nothing that will rock your world. The fable format is a very quick read, and is easily accessible by almost any audience, but that also means it's extremely lightweight. I found it to be unintentionally funny in some places (e.g., a leadership group gives a child a broken bottle as a reward -- a bottle that has special meaning to the adults, but a broken bottle nonetheless) and gag-worthy in others. For example, a leadersh ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Eslam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سأحاول كتابة أفكار مشتتة مستخرجة من الكتاب

كن إيجابيا و ثق بنفسك عندما ترى خطأ ما فعليك محاولة اصلاحه.

لا تتقدم لاتخاذ خطوة عملية إلا بعد أن تحضر كل البراهين اللازمة على صحة رأيك بما لا يدع أى مجال للشك لدى الآخرين

توقع أن الجميع ليس من المفترض أن يتحمسوا لك. سيوجد المتكبر الذى لا يستمع لرأى الآخرين, و المتكلس المعادى للأفكار الجديدة, و الغير مكترث الكسول, و الذى يهوى الجدال الكثير لمجرد الجدال و حسب. كل هؤلاء سيكونون عقبة فى طريقك

اختر شخص فى دائرة صناعة القرار يتسم بالموضوعية و التفتح و قوة الشخصي
Jim Johnson
Mar 31, 2012 Jim Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I'm not sure what to say about this book. We were given copies of this book by our management team at work in connection with a pending divisional restructure. I think the book was intended to help us adapt to change but I don't really see a parallel between the fabricated and factually flawed fable of penguins on a melting iceberg and what we are facing at work.

The author actually did a good job of covering known facts about Emperor Penguins (e.g. their diving depth, lung capacity, and relianc
Oct 31, 2011 L rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who can not think explaining it to those who can not lead.
Shelves: below-average
They need to stop killing trees for these kinds of books, even if they are used in 'board rooms and leadership committees'.
With the rise of the jejune, it makes me wonder if people who received MBA's in grad school are those who changed degrees after they failed basket weaving classes.
A note for those in US board rooms and leadership committees who initiate cruel and unusual punishment by forcing others to share in your literary high wierdness:
If there are a number of elementary school level b
Louis Prosperi
Jul 11, 2012 Louis Prosperi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun and interesting fable using the story of a colony of Emperor Penguins as a metaphor for how an organization can go about making a needed change.

I enjoy business books in general, but among my favorites are the "story"-based books, such "The One-Minute Manager", "Who Moved My Cheese", "Inside the Magic Kingdom", "The Go-Giver", "It's Not About You", and others. These books take complex and sometimes fear-inducing subjects (like change) and present them in friendly ways to help readers under
Julie (jjmachshev)
Three and a half stars. Yet another work read and this one sticks in my mind. Probably as much for the entertainment value as the educational one. How to identify and work with those resistant to change (for whatever reason) without letting them, yourself, or your work get sidetracked.
Sumit Singla
The shy, unassuming Fred is worried. The home of the Antarctic penguins, their iceberg is melting. But of course, the powers-that-be doubt him and think he's plain delusional.

How does Fred go about convincing them? How does he adapt to the styles of various senior penguins and convince them? This fabulous fable is powerful because it offers real-life ideas on how to convince different types of people.

The illustrations help in explaining the 8 principles that help in bringing about change, using
"Ini adalah daftar buku yang bisa dipinjam di perpustakaan FFI"
Hmm.. Our iceberg is melting?
Buku tentang global warming nih kayaknya..
"mba Defi, aku pinjem yaaa"
Begitu buku udah di tangan, wadezigh! Ini mah buku motivasi!

Eh, hmmm daripada mubazir, coba intip ah..
Waaa, fable tentang satu koloni penguin yang anggotanya punya karakter masing-masing..
Fred adalah junior penguin yang kurang hobi bersosialisasi..
Dia menemukan adanya masalah pada gunung es yang ditinggali oleh koloni tersebut..
Blake Norby
Jan 16, 2014 Blake Norby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not only poorly written, it is extremely condescending and sexist. Of course the one leader that is female is a nagging, self-important bitch who has no patience for anyone else. The only other female characters even present are a mentally unstable and overly emotional kindergarten teacher and a small penguin child. The authors continuously try to be cutesy or funny, but it is painfully obvious that this story was written by two middle-aged businessmen trying to be cute. The idea th ...more
First, I like penguins, so the title Our Iceberg is Melting paired with the visual of the Antarctic creatures immediately captured my concern and aroused my curiosity. Clever, clever. Next, the size of the book surprises. It is SMALL and SHORT with slightly larger than normal font; moreover, as I flipped through the pages, a few color pictures jumped out! Is this a kid's book? Perhaps a natural question, but the clear answer is No! So, I read it. Well, it is not often that you find a very, very ...more
Feb 22, 2012 Nichole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Changing and Succeeding
Work together for a needed change! They were skeptical of a nomadic life but when tried there was more food, prosperous environments and more resources. To keep a program successful strive harder and have faith. Page 123 "1- Created a sense of urgecy in the colony to deal with a difficult problem 2- put a carefully selected group in charge of guiding the change 3- found the sensible vision of a better future 4- communicated that vision so others would understand and accep
Katy Krumbach
May 15, 2012 Katy Krumbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of penguins find themselves on ice which develops cracks. When the alarm is raised that the group needs to move to a more stable piece of ice the others in the group respond in very familiar ways: denial, admitting the problem but refusing to discuss consequences, panic and fear, and those who seek a solution.

The situations and reactions to the iceberg melting are clear, identifiable, and are easy to relate to the personal experiences. Kotter invites the reader to imagine how others are
Nov 27, 2008 Malissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not about global warming!
What would you do if you found out the community you live in and had been lived in by your ancestors for years was suddenly going to be non-existant? How would you handle it? What if you found out that the company you worked for had to undergo a major redesign? What if you had to implode all that you have known? Could you handle it? How would you handle it? This books give you 8 simple steps to make it through this process/this journey of change by telling a fable.
Jul 01, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work
Good book to illustrate the change process. Very good to give to managers to help their employees through.
Emma Kwee

The author made the wise choice to present leadership and change management theories in a fable that allows readers to understand and connect better. This book was mandated by my boss for us to read for our upcoming team huddle. She told us too to identify which penguin we are when it comes to adapting to change. I think I know which penguin I am - and which penguin resembles her leadership style ;)

I think this makes a good book for young readers too - the kind of boo
Mark Steed
Fables have a deceptive power. On the surface they read like the stories of our childhood employing simple vocabulary to describe everyday contexts to which we can all relate. Their narrative structure lulls our adult brain into a false sense of security, disabling the rational analytical faculties that usually protect our cherished world view. We uncritically play along with the story until we reach the point where the fable's inner truth is unavoidable. So it is with John Kotter's Our Iceberg ...more
Christopher Safieh
Our iceberg is melting

I give 4 star to this book, I liked it. It was a story about a penguin colony whose iceberg was melting. All the things that they had to go through to overcome this challenge, and all the steps that they went through to succeed. This book was written as fable, so it was entertaining and at the same time you were learning. This is a book that is easy to read.

I think that this book, will help me in my heros journey. This book, taught me many things that will help me during
Lyndie Blevins
Oct 17, 2015 Lyndie Blevins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted to this book because...
I’m researching leading with a sense of urgency and I have been reading a lot of John Kotter. I was intrigued by the fable concept.

This book was about
One penguin releases the iceberg they are living on is melting. This is the story of how he gets others involved to discover what they should do as a group to avoid disaster.

Things I liked about this book
As a fable, it tells a great story of these penguins,coming together and finding a way to reasonably work
Khaled Zidan
Jan 17, 2015 Khaled Zidan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الكتاب يلفت الانتباه بشكل غير مباشر الي التفكير والبحث عن الجبل الجليدي القابل للذوبان في حياة كل إنسان علي مستوي التطوير الشخصي والاداري ويفتح أفق رحب لكيفية ابتكار سبل تطوير افضل فقط بمجرد الاجتماع مع الآخرين وخلق الإرادة وتحديد الأهداف مع وجود قيادة تُمارس دورها بريادة ومصداقية. مجرد قراءة القصة الرمزية ليس كافي أبدا للاستفادة من الكتاب بل الامر يحتاج للبحث عن خيوط الشبه بين القارئ وما يدور في القصة وكيف يوظفها لتعامل افضل مع جبله الجليدي بعد تحديده .
Utterly, grossly ghastly; this book is appallingly wrong on so very, very many levels. The authors ignorant anthropomorphism of penguins is unbelievably, excruciatingly, toe-curlingly fanciful, inaccurate and insulting to any moderately intelligent human reader. I can’t answer for the penguins.

I can see where the authors may fondly think they are taking their readers; but why cannot they instead treat intelligent adults as just that, instead of chasing cheap bucks and webspace? www.ouricebergism
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John P. Kotter, world-renowned expert on leadership, is the author of many books, including Leading Change, Our Iceberg is Melting, The Heart of Change, and his latest book, That's Not How We Do It Here!. 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 change management an ...more
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