Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
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
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 ...more
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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
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..
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
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
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
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 ...more
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...more
Reading the Dilbert comics archive is not only more fun; you can learn more, too. That was not a joke.
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
I read/skimmed this entire thing in about an hour, and only because I was ...more
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 ...more