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Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

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Most of the denizens of the Antarctic penguin colony sneer at Fred, the quiet but observant scout who detects worrying signs that their home, an iceberg, is melting. Fred must cleverly convince and enlist key players, such as Louis, the head penguin; Alice, the number two bird; the intractable NoNo the weather expert; and a passle of school-age penguins if he is to save th ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2005)
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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
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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
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K.D. Absolutely
Nov 07, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
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
Anthony
Oct 29, 2011 Anthony rated it it was amazing
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.
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Jill
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
Ramy
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
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Malissa
Nov 27, 2008 Malissa rated it it was amazing
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.
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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
L
Jul 26, 2008 L rated it did not like it
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
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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
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ليندا
Sep 22, 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
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Louis Prosperi
Jun 28, 2012 Louis Prosperi rated it really liked it
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
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Katy Krumbach
May 15, 2012 Katy Krumbach rated it really liked it
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
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Abdullatif
Jan 01, 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.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Our iceberg is melting...we are a group of penguins living on the iceberg...should we work with each other to find a solution or just do what we want to do by ourselves? Excellent book on how to manage change.
محمد عبدالمجيد
كتاب رائع غير كثير من المفاهيم
أنصح به كل من يسعى لإحداث تغيير ناجح
Christopher Safieh
Mar 07, 2016 Christopher Safieh rated it really liked it
Our iceberg is melting

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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 dur
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Bilal Anis
Feb 27, 2017 Bilal Anis rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
A good book about change management narrated in a very simplistic language and in the method of storytelling. The book helps businesses and communities move from old to new territories to cope with their own environment. The main theme of the book is how change can be very difficult and it should be worked out with good planning and team effort. The 8 phases of change management according to Kottler are:

1. CREATE A SENSE OF URGENCY

Help others see the need for change through a bold, aspirational
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Jim Johnson
Mar 31, 2012 Jim Johnson rated it did not like it

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
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Eslam
Oct 21, 2013 Eslam rated it really liked it
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
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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
Sumit Singla
Nov 21, 2014 Sumit Singla rated it really liked it
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
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Nichole
Feb 22, 2012 Nichole rated it really liked it
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
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Mar 20, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
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.
Radwa
Aug 02, 2016 Radwa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

كتاب اخر من كتب عديدة تطالب بالتغيير إذا لزم الأمر والتعامل معه وتقبله

الحقيقة لست مهيأة لأي تغيير في الوقت الحالي
Adam Ashton
Feb 20, 2017 Adam Ashton rated it it was ok
I like the 8 steps to change, and I can see how a parable is a good way to convey the message, but I couldn't relate all the way given if haven't been too involved in change in large organisations
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
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Blake Norby
Jan 15, 2014 Blake Norby rated it did not like it
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
BookSweetie
Feb 18, 2010 BookSweetie rated it liked it
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
Tania
Nov 22, 2016 Tania rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. I loved the use of allegory. It's another one of those organizational leadership books along the lines of "Who Moved My Cheese?" I will say I found this one far more engaging that WMMC.

The author did a great job of creating the characters in a way that was engaging and clearly illustrative of the points he was trying to make about good leadership. I think this book could provide a good way to start conversations in an organization that's struggli
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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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