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That's Not How We Do It Here!

A Story About How Organizations Rise, Fall - and Can Rise Again
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, John Kotter
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Business, Management
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Penguin presents the audio edition of That's Not How We Do It Here! by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber, read by Bahni Turpin and John Kotter.

Includes a downloadable PDF of diagrams.

That's Not How We Do It Here! is a business parable about a clan of meerkats who live in the Kalahari. Well-organised and efficient, the colony enjoys many years of successful growth until it suddenly comes under threat from a new form of predator and is forced to rethink its organizational structure. John Kotter uses this charming parable to explore why organizations often struggle no matter their past success and why they fall. Kotter shows that by embracing reliability, efficiency, speed and agility and building passion, discipline and personal growth, organizations can once again prosper, fulfil their mission, create great jobs and services and generate wealth.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our desktop site.

©2017 John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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Great ideas, bad delivery

The ideas in the book are all excellent. I just feel demeaned listening to the child story line. Change is hard. Change is difficult. I don't need a child's book/story to tell me that. Sorry, maybe this works for some; just doesn't work for me.

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  • MFS
  • 08-03-19

Another Kotter Classic

l love the way John Kotter delivers his message through fables, it really brings the learning alive.

I highly recommend this book.

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  • Howard
  • 07-19-19

Bit light on actual advice

I got this based on the recommendation of a senior colleague.

The narration is not as bad as some reviews make out, but it does take your brain some time to tune into the african accent for a Western European. I do feel like the story was a bit too abstract and I wanted to hear more formal reflections on it afterwards from the author.

It was better than average but not the read I hoped it might be.

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  • Norbert
  • 09-23-18

the voice is terrible

the voice for the fable part in the book is terrible and extremely difficult to follow

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  • Neilo
  • 03-13-18

I prefer penguins to meerkats

What would have made That's Not How We Do It Here! better?

I personally found the narration really hard to get along with. So much so, I couldn't finish the audio book which is why I only give the story 3 stars. I didn't hear it all.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bahni Turpin and John Kotter ’s performances?

John Kotter, definitely yes. His fable approach explains things in a way that is really easy to take in and digest.Bahni Turpin, definitely not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from That's Not How We Do It Here!?

I would replace the narrator.

Any additional comments?

I had already listened to John Kotter's Our Iceberg Is Melting and found that much better. Initially, I found it almost patronising as if it is a kids book but stick with it and its great. That lead me on to this but it just didn't work for me this time.