“Our Iceberg Is Melting”

Special thanks to Mimi H. for recommended this book to me. This certainly was a pleasure to read. John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber took on a similar story telling style that Spencer Johnson and Kenneth Blanchard used to write “Who Moved My Cheese?“. It read like a children’s story with big fonts (easy on the eyes), pictures, lively characters and lessons embedded to teach something novel. The story telling style removed the reader from applying his/her own discriminatory views and enable the readers to better accept the key ideas presented by the authors. The key ideas that Professor Kotter and Mr. Rathgeber conveyed in this penguin story is the eight step process of successful change, which is listed on page 130 and 131 in the book. Here is a brief listing of the steps:

  1. Create a Sense of Urgency.
  2. Pull Together the Guiding Team.
  3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy.
  4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy In.
  5. Empower Others to Act.
  6. Produce Short-Term Wins.
  7. Don’t Let Up.
  8. Create a New Culture.

How these steps applied throughout the penguin story? You will have to read the book to find out. 😉


2 thoughts on ““Our Iceberg Is Melting”

  1. I am finding that more and more people are getting quick results from Johns latest book.

    We (ISB Worldwide & John Kotter) have very recently completed a 1.5 year long project with John to create a one-day accelerated learning and structured action planning workshop titled Leading Bold Change – based upon the books; Our Iceberg is Melting, The Heart of Change, and Leading Bold Change.

    This program has been a huge hit with all who have attended it and I think it may very well be a good supplement to your change initiatives. Quite simply it will accelerate your efforts by getting people to take more initiative and ownership of leading necessary changes.

    If you are interested please contact me direclty.

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