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Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  4,509 ratings  ·  425 reviews
Most of the denizens of the Antarctic penguin colonysneer 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 theweather expert; and a passle of school-age penguins if he is to save the c ...more
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Published September 5th 2006 by St. Martin's Press
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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 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.
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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
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
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L
Oct 31, 2011 L 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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.
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Emma Kwee
WHAT A CUTE BOOK THIS IS!!

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
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Stephan Renkens

The word popping up while reading this book was elevator pitch. If you want to pass a message in your organization, you have to be able to pass it in forty seconds. And it gets worse. Be prepared not to be the only one doing his or her pitch. Next to you half a dozen other are pitching their message, so you'd better make sure that you shout loudly. What's the cost? Shallowness. That's 21st century corporate life and Our Iceberg is Melting fits completely in this tradition.


Change is something ver

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Debjani  Banerji
Loved the easy style of the book with the lovely pictures of the Penguins and the easy style of writing. It is a management lesson on Change and is put in a fable form. But the answers are clear and as the book states, if you are intelligent, you will find the answers to apply to yourselves, your profession, as you go through the fable. I will highly recommend this book.
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
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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...
J.D. Brink
My first impression of this book was that the authors/publishers *really* wanted to be able to sell this as an expensive hardback, so they spread out the page count as much as possible. And while this is no work of literature and its authors are definitely businessmen rather than poetic writers, I have to admit that I became more enamored with (hmm, that's way too strong a word, but I guess it'll do) the book as I went on.

I read/skimmed this entire thing in about an hour, and only because I was
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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.
Scott Haraburda
Change is hard, yet being unable or unwilling to change puts our survival at risk. Written as a fable, Our Iceberg is Melting provides us valuable advice to make change successful in any organization, using the slogan of “Change or Perish.”

Fables are useful in telling a simple story that contains valuable lessons about life. Remember Aesop's fables? They’ve been told for thousands of years. In this book, we have a colony of penguins, containing several different characters that resemble those in
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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
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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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