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The revised and updated tenth anniversary edition of the classic, beloved business fable that has changed millions of lives in organizations around the world.
 
Our Iceberg Is Melting is a simple story about doing well under the stress and uncertainty of rapid change. Based on the award-winning work of Harvard Business School’s John Kotter, it can help you and your colleagues thrive during tough times.
 
On an iceberg near the coast of Antarctica, 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 almost no one listens to him.
 
The characters in the story—Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, the Professor, and NoNo—are like people you probably recognize in your own organization, including yourself. Their tale is one of resistance to change and heroic action, seemingly intractable obstacles and clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. The penguins offer an inspiring model as we all struggle to adapt to new circumstances.
 
Our Iceberg Is Melting is based on John Kotter''s pioneer­ing research into the eight steps that can produce needed change in any sort of group. After finishing the story, you''ll have a powerful framework for influencing your own team, no matter how big or small.

This tenth anniversary edition preserves the text of the timeless story, together with new illustrations, a revised afterword, and a Q&A with the authors about the responses they''ve gotten over the past decade. Prepare to be both enlightened and delighted, whether you''re already a fan of this classic fable or are discovering it for the first time. 


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 “Whether you work in a business or the business of life, everyone from CEOs to high school students can gain from what they take from this story.”
––from the foreword by Spencer Johnson, M.D., author of Who Moved My Cheese?
 
“. . . companies should buy a copy for everyone from the CEO to the stock clerk.”
––Michelle Archer, USA Today
 
“I ordered and distributed sixty copies, evaluated its effect on our change effort, and then ordered five hundred more. . . . This is a gem.”
––Heidi King, Department of Defense
 
“The penguins in this book will not only steal your heart, they’ll make you a smarter person.”
––Mary Tyler Moore, actress, producer, director, and Academy Award nominee

About the Author

John Kotter, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, is often called the world’s foremost authority on leadership and change. His many books, including Leading Change and That''s Not How We Do It Here!, have been translated into more than 200 foreign language editions and have been bestsellers around the world. He is a founder of Kotter International, a consulting firm that specializes in helping leaders transform their organizations.  
 
Holger Rathgeber is the coauthor of That''s Not How We Do It Here!, a former executive at a medical products firm, and a principal at Kotter International.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

What People Are Saying

“Our Iceberg Is Melting is superb. It embodies powerful messages that can help a broad audience. It covers all the steps to success in a changing world, from finding the substantial issues, aligning with a potent champion, charting the course, getting buy-in, dealing with those who want no change, and so on.”

—CHRIS HAND
CITIGROUP GLOBAL ACCOUNT VICE PRESIDENT
AVAYA CORPORATION

“Never have I read a parable in a business book that took a complex issue like change management and distilled it down into a simple story for all to understand. This is the ideal follow-on to Leading Change and The Heart of Change. A must-read for anyone dealing with managing change.”

—RICHARD J. KOSINSKI
CATEGORY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
YAHOO, INC.

“Our Iceberg Is Melting is fantastic—offbeat, but right on. We should make everyone in Washington, D.C., read it.”

—JOHN BATTEN
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
TWIN DISC, INC.

“I came across Our Iceberg Is Melting in May, ordered and distributed sixty copies in June, evaluated its effect on our change effort, and then ordered five hundred more copies in September. This is a gem.”

—HEIDI KING
PROGRAM MANAGER
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

“This is the easiest-to-read yet most informative book I have ever seen. Setting one of management’s biggest challenges—‘what problem, I don’t see a problem’—in the context of a melting iceberg and a determined penguin was a stroke of sheer genius.”

—MICHAEL DIMELOW
DIRECTOR, PRODUCT MARKETING
TTP COMMUNICATIONS PLC

“I have followed Kotter’s work for years, respect it greatly, use it with my clients, and know its unique power to help people and organizations perform better. This latest effort—this little penguin tale—is, in my opinion, the best and most useful book he has ever written.”

—ALAN FROHMAN
PRESIDENT
FROHMAN ASSOCIATES

“As a result of the book and my sharing it with a few people in the organization, we have moved quickly on several fronts. We are galvanized to go ahead instead of further studying, more organizing, and so on. It is making a difference for us.”

—TOM CURLEY
PRESIDENT AND CEO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

“It’s a great book. It does an excellent job of communicating in a simple and humorous way the key challenges of leading change. We can easily identify with the characters. It allows a light-hearted discussion of very difficult issues.”

—DEB KARSTETTER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
ABD INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

“When I was a child in France, I was first introduced to the French classic The Little Prince. I reread this marvelous book while in college and many times since as an adult. It is a book that keeps me growing and thinking. I can see Our Iceberg Is Melting becoming The Little Prince for the twenty-first century.”

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Our Iceberg is Melting
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2021
My Pastor requested that we purchase this book for Bible Study, he is never wrong when he suggest great reading and studying material. Our church ENJOYED this book, tremendously! It was a fun book to read, but each chapter had a purpose in its story, Truly Recommend this... See more
My Pastor requested that we purchase this book for Bible Study, he is never wrong when he suggest great reading and studying material. Our church ENJOYED this book, tremendously! It was a fun book to read, but each chapter had a purpose in its story, Truly Recommend this book for your Book Club! This book talks about not wanting to accept change. Because the abnormality was lying underneath, in the foundation of the iceberg, everybody went about their day not knowing something tragic was getting ready to happen. All changes aren''t bad, some changes are great and pushes us closer to our destiny. We can lose a lot just because we don''t want to accept change, which will come whether we want it or not!
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Good Insight for Leadership During Change
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2018
At the suggestion of a colleague, I ordered multiple copies for the board of my church. I asked them to read it, then used the book for discussion during a considerable portion of a full-day retreat. Everyone related to it well. It was neither too academic nor... See more
At the suggestion of a colleague, I ordered multiple copies for the board of my church. I asked them to read it, then used the book for discussion during a considerable portion of a full-day retreat. Everyone related to it well. It was neither too academic nor patronizing for the career professionals who participated.
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Bo
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Sometimes changes are a necessary part of our daily life to get great
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2018
"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don''t wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn Change is not an option, resisting is only going to cause problems and hinder improvement. “Everything wrong in your life is just a... See more
"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don''t wish it were easier; wish you were better." Jim Rohn
Change is not an option, resisting is only going to cause problems and hinder improvement. “Everything wrong in your life is just a sign. A signal to change. Be humble enough to bow your knee and listen and act.” – Tai Lopez
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Bas Vodde
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Kotter''s Eight Step method of change in a fable
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2012
"Our iceberg is melting" is a small and very (too?) easy to read book that mainly consists of a fable about penguins who notice that they need to change. The penguins then happened to follow Kotter''s eight-step process of successful change, so you can learn this eight-step... See more
"Our iceberg is melting" is a small and very (too?) easy to read book that mainly consists of a fable about penguins who notice that they need to change. The penguins then happened to follow Kotter''s eight-step process of successful change, so you can learn this eight-step process by learning from the penguins :)

The first 100 pages in the book is the fable about penguins who need to move to a new home as they discovered their iceberg is melting. They convince the senior management penguins and plan the change with a selected team of change agents. They manage to convince the other penguins that action is needed, get a quick win and manage to successfully change.

After that, there are a few pages explaining the eight-step process for change that was taken from John Kotter''s research and his earlier books on managing change. The pages aren''t enough to get an in-depth understanding of Kotter''s research, but for that, you will need to read Kotter''s other work.

The story was easy to read as it was simple (simplistic?). I found it mildly interesting. There wasn''t much news in this book if you are already familiar with Kotter''s research, but then again it doesn''t take much time to read as the book is very thin. The book wasn''t bad, but I would probably not recommend it to anyone either as it was definitively not a book that impressed me. I was thinking about 2 or 3 stars. Decided to go with 3 as it does seem to achieve its own purpose. Just ok.
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One of the most engaging books about corporate strategy
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020
Read this book as a part of a work assignment. The book uses a fable format to tell a story about a penguin colony. This book has great information, strategies, and real-world examples of how businesses can prepare for change and plan for the future using a multiple... See more
Read this book as a part of a work assignment. The book uses a fable format to tell a story about a penguin colony. This book has great information, strategies, and real-world examples of how businesses can prepare for change and plan for the future using a multiple scenario approach.
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Mario Lucero
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... want to convince someone about changing in any organisation recommend this book
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
If you want to convince someone about changing in any organisation recommend this book. There is a great story behind "Our Iceberg is Melting". In fact, if you are in the middle of a transformation you would realise about each pinguïn (character) on... See more
If you want to convince someone about changing in any organisation recommend this book.

There is a great story behind "Our Iceberg is Melting". In fact, if you are in the middle of a transformation you would realise about each
pinguïn (character) on it.

Last but not least, there is a short video on Youtube played for the author of the book that illustrate the process of changing.
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Otis
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Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2020
Good book. Simply well written fable. I enjoyed this material. Kept my attention, but ... I say that this with hesitation ... in my opinion something was missing. Not sure what that “something” was. Nonetheless, it was missing it. In spite of this, still a good book with... See more
Good book. Simply well written fable. I enjoyed this material. Kept my attention, but ... I say that this with hesitation ... in my opinion something was missing. Not sure what that “something” was. Nonetheless, it was missing it. In spite of this, still a good book with important information one can apply in various situations.
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Jeremy Hawk
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The "Penguin Book" Knows All...
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016
Change Management 101. Of all the principles, models, and frameworks I''ve learned through my recently completed MBA program, the Kotter model for change management will undoubtedly stick with me the most. And I really believe that this book is the reason for that... See more
Change Management 101. Of all the principles, models, and frameworks I''ve learned through my recently completed MBA program, the Kotter model for change management will undoubtedly stick with me the most. And I really believe that this book is the reason for that resonance.

Written in a style that everyone can understand, even possibly my 3 year old daughter, this short, illustrated book, offers a crash course in effective change management. I couldn''t help but look at my organization in a different light after walking through the 8 steps explained in the book. Ever since, I can asses any new situation where change is in question by asking how it applies to the "penguin book." If you haven''t read this and are involved in any organization that could benefit from any type of change, I highly recommend you give it a read.
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Buy a copy for everyone in your company!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 22, 2020
This book illustrates very cleverly the ways in which organisations should respond to necessary change. I read it a long time ago and wanted a new copy. I''ve lost count of the No-No penguins I''ve encountered; the anti- change types who try to put everyone off because they...See more
This book illustrates very cleverly the ways in which organisations should respond to necessary change. I read it a long time ago and wanted a new copy. I''ve lost count of the No-No penguins I''ve encountered; the anti- change types who try to put everyone off because they feel threatened, but the book shows how the team can succeed by working together and using their respective strengths effectively. A great book - if you''re introducing a change, buy it for everyone in the company and ask them to read it before you start- that way your team will know why it''s important to work with it and won''t be so scared.
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Andrew Griffiths
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Insightful and Memorable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2018
Putting change management insights into a fable format is a stroke of genius. As human beings we have a mind for stories. We learn and remember stories more quickly and easily than facts and figures. The steps of change outlined in the book will now stay with me in a way...See more
Putting change management insights into a fable format is a stroke of genius. As human beings we have a mind for stories. We learn and remember stories more quickly and easily than facts and figures. The steps of change outlined in the book will now stay with me in a way that they fundamentally would not have done if I had simply read the list of steps a few times. I would thoroughly recommend this book to all, even those not considering business management!
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chris w
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Insightful and thought provoking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2021
Written like a fable, but it really gets to the root of the difficulties of changing institutional ''traditional'' practice. The characters will remind you of people you work with for sure! How to bring them on board and willing to change is the crux of the book. Lovely to...See more
Written like a fable, but it really gets to the root of the difficulties of changing institutional ''traditional'' practice. The characters will remind you of people you work with for sure! How to bring them on board and willing to change is the crux of the book. Lovely to read and definitely not heavy duty, but very thought provoking just the same.
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Mark Ramsay
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Change is nothing to be scared of
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2021
This fable provides a lovely narrative expanding on a scenario that has players like all major change initiatives in an organisation rear makes it relatable and amusing. It’s also highly constructive and inventive, a good read in my book
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Mr. M. A. Spridgeon
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Short theoretical prose
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 13, 2013
This is a very easy to read book, with a fable that will apply to some work situations. It offers a logical approach to dealing with impending change, which most of us will face in the current economy. The general premise of the book assumes that a natural change will need...See more
This is a very easy to read book, with a fable that will apply to some work situations. It offers a logical approach to dealing with impending change, which most of us will face in the current economy. The general premise of the book assumes that a natural change will need to occur (i.e. the iceberg is melting), and ignores one of life''s principles that the best move you ever make is the one you didn''t do! I find increasingly that less certain outcomes than a melting iceberg will have colleagues running around demanding changes that they guess might be needed. Remember to use the part of the book that advises you to research these assumptions.
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