That's Not How We Do It Here!

A Story About How Organizations Rise and Fall - and Can Rise Again
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, John Kotter
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Business, Management
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Publisher's Summary

What's the worst thing you can hear when you have a good idea at work?

"That's not how we do it here!" 

In their iconic best seller Our Iceberg Is Melting, John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber used a simple fable about penguins to explain the process of leading people through major changes. Now, 10 years later, they're back with another must-listen story that will help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities. 

Once upon a time, a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in Southern Africa. After years of steady growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan's resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the harmony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, and suggestions from frontline workers face a soul-crushing response: "That's not how we do it here!" 

So Nadia, a bright and adventurous meerkat, hits the road in search of new ideas to help her troubled clan. She discovers a much smaller group that operates very differently, with much more teamwork and agility. These meerkats have developed innovative solutions to find food and evade the vultures. But not everything in this small clan is as perfect as it seems at first. 

Can Nadia figure out how to combine the best of both worlds - a large, disciplined, well-managed clan and a small, informal, inspiring clan - before it's too late? 

This book distills Kotter's decades of experience and award-winning research to reveal why organizations rise and fall and how they can rise again in the face of adversity. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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

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Simple book on Organizations

Author does a good job of showing the impact of communication and collaboration with any organization. Light read a good book for a junior manager or employee. A good reminder to us veterans as well.

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Narration very poor

Very difficult to understand the narrator, it’s not even Kotter but a lady with African accent supposedly. Buy the book vs audible.

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okay

very hard to understand the reader. made it very difficult to get through the whole book. story was okay would recommend to actually read this one

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AWESOME!!!!

great book!! every organization should encourage their employees to get a copy and read it then discuss it's contents as a group

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Short, insightful and professionally entertaining

I found the book to be interesting, a different yet effective approach. I could relate it to my office experiences within the government. I particularly took notes on the summaries at the end.

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Spot On.

Spot on with describing the challenges of an organization in rapid growth and the need to develop both exceptional Leadership and Management.

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Good book for project teams!

Message was good and the book was short! I did not care for the narrator though.

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Insightful

It's a real exciting body of work that helps individuals in the classroom as well as professionally. It helps with my focus and enables me to better understand the different perspectives others spin as leadership. It helps individuals realize, see and overcome self indulgent nature other perceive as leadership. This book gives great perspectives on how to work synonymous within an organization while maintaining individuality. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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Good book, bad narrator

The narrator has a hard accent. The story is lost because of that. Heavy rolling r's

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