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Our Iceberg Is Melting

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  3,492 ratings  ·  352 reviews
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
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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David
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...more
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 09, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jill
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
Anthony
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....more
Eslam
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...more
JTobscure
Oct 31, 2011 JTobscure rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Lou Prosperi
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...more
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.
Jim Johnson

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...more
Sweetdhee
"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!
Sial!

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..
Ta...more
Kristine
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
Nichole
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...more
Katy Krumbach
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...more
Malissa
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....more
Eugen
Jan 15, 2009 Eugen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: indoctrined corporatists;
After reading this book I feel like I've been conned. It completely ignores all the hard, real problems and contains virtually no insight, focusing instead on corporate clichés like "long meetings are bad" and "team building exercises are good".

Reading the Dilbert comics archive is not only more fun; you can learn more, too. That was not a joke.
Blake Norby
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
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Our Iceberg is Melting is one of those ‘trendy’ self-help books that are so simple that somehow they are passed off as revolutionary…when in fact they are actually really simple. Who would have guessed?

Our Iceberg is Melting (or OIiM from now on) is a how to succeed book written in the style of a fable. So not only does it include fully illustrated and colored pictures but it’s also so simple a kid could read it…seriously…I’m not joking it’s written on a elementary school level. Which is great i...more
Michael
I read this book in an hour. It is a fable on how to deal with change. It seems to me that upper management types like this book because they think that it is dumbed down enough that even their employees can understand it. Nothing new or profound.
 Sawsan
إنه العالم الذي نعيشه كل يوم..الأشخاص من حولنا
التغيير الذي نحن بحاجة إليه..كل ماستحتاج إليه لذلك
في هذا الكتاب الرائع الممتع...
Julie
Fascinating stuff if you never took psych 101 but most people have.. So what's the point here??
Sarah
Read this one for work. Afterwards Chris asked if my Six Sigma was synergized.
Khalid
Kotter presents his framework for an effective corporate change initiative through the tale of a colony of Antarctic penguins facing danger from the melting of their iceberg. Under the leadership of one particularly astute bird “Fred”, 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. The characters live and act very much like real penguins except that...more
Melissa
I came into work today to find this on my desk, a gift from my boss. Since there have been a lot of changes going on in our department she thought it would be good reading for me. I found it very interesting, but sometimes too simplistic. Still, I'm grateful she brought it to my attention.

Our Iceberg is Melting on the surface is just a little fable about a group of penguins living out their life. But the lesson shows how to work with personalities of all types and how to make things happen. This...more
Mayank
Organizational Change is a broad topic with much literature devoted to it and John Kotter perhaps more than any other can claim to be one of its greatest pioneers. Our Iceberg is Melting is a cute and simple, metaphoric story. It follows the lives of a penguin colony facing the need for change with approaching danger afoot. The story itself is basically meat on the bones of the 8 steps for Organizational Change developed by Kotter himself. Whether structured in a complex research article or pres...more
Ryan Lum
This book is very clever because it's a story book that informs the reader about global warming. It talks about global warming but really in the view of Penguins. See it starts with penguins just relaxing in the Atlantic and they could really give a care in the world of what happens. But then theres this one penguin named Fred who is actually a think. He thinks about life, he thinks about his future, he thinks about his past, and he really thinks about now. He notices that the ice was really mel...more
Judy
I read this book for a book discussion group at the college where I teach. It is subtitled "Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions" and is billed as a NY Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Businessweek bestseller. That should have given me a clue right there. The book is written in parable format (not my favorite style), and on the surface is about a group of penguins that discover their iceberg is melting. They initially have a difficult time convincing others of the seriousness o...more
Gene Babon
Simple is usually good and this book is simple. The fable is about a community of penguins forced to confront their fears about having to move off an iceberg that has been their home for generations.

The value in this fable came for me after a second read and only after the penguin story had come to an end. "Melting icebergs come in dozens of forms," stated the author in the conclusion. As I contemplated my melting icebergs I came to the realization that I needed to make changes. The author's Eig...more
Mike
So on a day when I was setting up the business section in the new store, hating life and my job in general, I saw this sucker sitting on the shelf. I read the title and thought to my self "Holy shit...MY iceberg is melting! In fact, it's already gone." I was so interested that, rather than wait until the store is open, I drove to the library after work and checked it out.

It's like 120 pages, with giant print, and full of pictures--you can read it in a long night easily. It's a story of a colony...more
Paolo Gianoglio
Ho letto i libri di Kotter sulla gestione del cambiamento, e li ho apprezzati. Non posso nemmeno dissentire con la sua prefazione, dove ricorda il ruolo della favola come strumento di insegnamento e riflessione.
Ma…
Ma le favole sono per i bambini. Le favole sono per gli ingenui. Quando gli ingenui crescono le favole evolvono, e non possono restare racconti bidimensionali, dove i buoni sono buoni, i cattivi cattivi, gli ignoranti ignoranti e gli scettici scettici. Nella vita reale, quella che ogni...more
Craig
Aug 12, 2008 Craig rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people struggling with change; people that failed when confronting change; people with little time
Recommended to Craig by: Derek
Shelves: business, cartoons
By and large the wide range of opinion for this book is more a sign of people's thoughts on the subject of reading a book about organizational change than it is about the actual book. That it is presented as a very easy read about different behavioral styles, for people of a specific mindset, can never make this type of book work.

I think that one of the points in the book about recognizing how people bring different experiences to their worldview, and that this should color how you interact with...more
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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, and The Heart of Change. 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 leadership organization that helps Global 5000 company leaders devel...more
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