Our Iceberg Is Melting

Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions

John P. Kotter, Holger Rathgeber

Publisher: MacMillan, 2005, 147 pages

ISBN: 978-0-0230-01420-6

Keywords: Change Management

Last modified: July 16, 2016, 12:36 p.m.

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, Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, the Professor, and NoNo, 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.

  • Welcome
  • Our Iceberg Will Never Melt
  • The Iceberg Is Melting and Might Break Apart Soon!!
  • What Do I Do Now?
  • Problem? What Problem?
  • I Cannot Do the Job Alone
  • The Seagull
  • Getting the Message Out
  • Good News, Bad News
  • The Scouts
  • The Second Wave
  • The Most Remarkable Change
  • Changing and Succeeding
  • The Eight Step Process of Successful Change
  • The Role of Thinking and Feeling


Our Iceberg Is Melting

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Bad ** (2 out of 10)

Last modified: July 16, 2016, 12:36 p.m.

This is proof that our management is getting more stupid by the day. A fable, nearly devoid of anything, except as a setting for Kotters method, is so revolting and simplified, that I wouldn't even like to be in the management of the penguins!

Kotter has wriiten OK books, but this is pure bull. Read it for its historical value, but it is utterly meaningless (unless you're a daft personality, then it may give you something).


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