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Book Title: Our Iceberg is Melting
ISBN: 13: 978-0-312-36198-3
Author: John Kotter & Holger Rathgeber
Year Published: 2005
Helpful to: Anyone wanting to lead change efforts
Brief Review: Our Iceberg is Melting is a simple fable about doing well in an ever-changing world. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard's John Kotter, it is a story that has been used to help thousands of people and organizations. The fable is about a penguin colony in Antarctica. A group of beautiful emperor penguins live as they have for many years. Then one curious bird discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home - and pretty much no one listens to him. The characters in the story are like people we recognize - even ourselves. Their tale is one of resistance to change and heroic action, seemingly intractable obstacles and the most clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It's a story that is occurring in different forms all around us today - but the penguins handle the very real challenges a great deal better than most of us. Our Iceberg is Melting is based on pioneering work that shows how Eight Steps produce needed change in any sort of group. It's a story that can be enjoyed by anyone while at the same time providing invaluable guidance for a world that just keeps moving faster and faster.
Reviewers Comments: This is a captivating book! The authors cleverly embrace a story about penguins on an iceberg in Antarctica who are facing the inevitable destruction of their habitat to get us to think about our own circumstances. As you read through this short book, you will gain insight into what it takes to recognize the need for change, get others excited, create a shared vision of what is possible, and begin to develop action steps that will take you across the goal line. I just read this and plan to apply it at work, in my home, and in various non-profit organizations.
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