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Publisher's Summary

A new edition of the classic business parable that has sold more than a million copies since 2006.

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.

©2016 John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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meh

underwhelmed fabelization of the previous two books. basic concepts are sound. no nuance. it's a story with too little surprise.

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amazing book

Very interesting read. Loved the fave relation to real life situations. Would definitely recommend this book to everyone, since its an easy book to read, I know people will benefit from these teachings.

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Fantastic Fable about how to create change

Simple story, elegantly told and beautifully narrated. Makes how to create change easy to understand and implement. The audio book bonuses make it worthwhile to own the paper book and audio.

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Fun listen, loved the voices

A fairly quick and fun listen, loved the voices and the water splashes, etc. Too cute! The narration (and sounds) really brought the book to life. Interesting and insightful story for sure. I was reading this for a book club at work and it really illustrates what a corporate culture can be like and how teams need to work together for one common goal. Worth a listen!

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speed up the reading

I was able to follow the book while playing it at 2x. This cut my read time in half (math).

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The idea is ok, the story is childish

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Kids might enjoy this story as it is about penguins. There is no depth in the story, it's one-dimensional.

What was most disappointing about John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber ’s story?

Adapting to change is necessary. Explaining how you can continuously adapt could be very interesting. However, it is clear that the story is based on a number of anecdotal experiences. The problem with writing about change is that it requires more depth and more finesse than this story that just lays out a straight story-line that "proves" the authors point: change is inevitable and inevitably good. However, every situation and every environment requires different solutions. And that's something sorely lacking in this story. The authors could have talked about several icebergs as to "compare" different solutions and different outcomes (some good, some failing). The current story is clearly written to lead to the desired happy ending; unrealistic and boring.

Did Oliver Wyman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, but a bit too well. It was too stereotypical. But that's probably because the story itself is childishly stereotypical.

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