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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super, super, super!!!
Eine Fabel wird erzählt und diese Geschichte regt zum wirklichen Nachdenken an!

Es geht um liebe, nette Pinguine, die mit all ihren kleinen und großen Macken auf einem Eisberg leben. Einer der Pinguine entdeckt, dass sich der Eisberg verändert und seine Schlussfolgerung nach einigem Nachdenken ist, dass der Eisberg für die kommenden...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Penguins Learn to Stick Their Heads in the Ice Beneath Them
My favorite part of John Kotter's classic, Leading Change, is the cover image of a penguin leaping across a space between two blocks of ice while 10 other penguins look on from the side the penguin leaped from. Here is one case where you can tell the book by its cover.

Obviously, that wonderful image penetrated deeply into the consciousness of Holger Rathgeber...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super, super, super!!!, 15. September 2006
Eine Fabel wird erzählt und diese Geschichte regt zum wirklichen Nachdenken an!

Es geht um liebe, nette Pinguine, die mit all ihren kleinen und großen Macken auf einem Eisberg leben. Einer der Pinguine entdeckt, dass sich der Eisberg verändert und seine Schlussfolgerung nach einigem Nachdenken ist, dass der Eisberg für die kommenden Winterstürme nicht mehr sicher ist. Er wendet sich an den Rat der Pinguinkolonie und wird gehört. Aber, wie nicht anders zu erwarten, gehen die Meinungen auseinander.

Was folgt, hat mit Pinguinen nicht wirklich etwas zu tun, sondern spiegelt unser eigenes Leben und den Umgang mit Veränderungen wider. So wird zunächst versucht, die unangenehme Wahrheit zu verleugnen, dann bildet sich eine Arbeitsgruppe (typisch divers nach neuesten Managementvorstellungen), man brainstormt ausgiebig, exploriert ganz neue Ideen und verabschiedet einen Actionplan. Mit viel Aufwand wird der geliebte Eisberg verlassen und die Pinguine fangen an, ihr neues Leben und ihr neues Umfeld viel besser zu finden als den alten Eisberg.

Fazit : diese Fabel, in einfachstem Englisch geschrieben, enthält ALLES, was der Chance-Management-Papst John Kotter bereithält. Ein super Buch, empfehlenswert für jedermann!

Gut zu wissen, dass im Land von Dschordsch Dabbeljuh auch noch Gutes produziert wird. Very strong buy!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Penguins Learn to Stick Their Heads in the Ice Beneath Them, 14. April 2007
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Our Iceberg Is Melting (Taschenbuch)
My favorite part of John Kotter's classic, Leading Change, is the cover image of a penguin leaping across a space between two blocks of ice while 10 other penguins look on from the side the penguin leaped from. Here is one case where you can tell the book by its cover.

Obviously, that wonderful image penetrated deeply into the consciousness of Holger Rathgeber in designing this penguin-based version of how a leader might deal with the problem in Who Moved My Cheese? (changing conditions affect survival)? If you miss that connection to Who Moved My Cheese? there's a foreword by Spencer Johnson to make it clearer.

The Emperor Penguins have lived on an iceberg in Antarctica for many years. They planned to always live there. But Fred had a different idea: The iceberg was melting in a way that meant the possibility of a catastrophic collapse in mid-Winter. The rest of the book explores how Fred's knowledge is translated into useful action for the 268 penguins that lived in the colony.

The fable naturally draws on John Kotter's famous eight steps for leading change which I have paraphrased below into seven to make them easier to understand:

1. Get peoples' attention.

2. Establish a change-leading team.

3. Agree on the results you want.

4. Allow needed changes.

5. Show regular progress.

6. Stay focused.

7. Build new habits that will serve you well after the change is done.

Fables are difficult to write. I admire John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber for taking a crack at it.

But if you pay attention to the facts, you'll find that their story doesn't quite make sense. Emperor Penguins live on the pack ice that forms seasonally. As the pack ice retreats, they simply move to the edge. Seldom would they stay on an iceberg. Why? Because the ice breaks up when the youngsters are old enough to swim to the main ice pack. If you read science articles, you'll also learn that what is more likely to threaten a penguin community is that their iceberg drifts into an area where the winter freeze isolates the colony too far from the open sea. The penguins have to walk to the sea rather than dive in to get food.

Also, most icebergs are going to eventually release into warmer seas and melt that way rather than be split by freezing water as described in this book.

If you look at the leadership, it's also very male dominated. The story would be more realistic if it included more male-female interaction.

The problem of survival in the face of the environment seems more akin to what a town council might face in deciding to relocate away from a leaking dam that what a business organization might face.

I could go on, but I'm sure you see the point: A better fable could have been written (even if it had to involve penguins).

I also compared the book to Leading Change and The Heart of Change. Unless you are only able to learn by reading fables, both of those books are much better on this subject.

My suggestion is that you let the iceberg melt and read about how people lead instead in Dr. Kotter's other excellent books.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful fable for managers, 2. Februar 2007
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Kotter and Rathgeber team up to tell the story of a colony of penguins who have to face a life-threatening situation: their iceberg is at danger of melting, as one of them - Fred - finds out. It is wonderful to follow their ideas, fears and actions. Beyond being "just" an endearing story, "our iceberg" underlines all the important things that managers need to pay attention to, when caught up in a difficult business situation that requires everyone to change. Being a fable, the story allows for both: seeing things at a distance and yet at the same you are likely to find your co-workers or yourself represented by one of the many penguin characters. Therefore: five stars for telling a not really new story in a totally new and refreshing way. 1 1/2 hours (which is all it takes to read the book) well spend.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Penguins Learn to Stick Their Heads in the Ice Beneath Them, 14. April 2007
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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My favorite part of John Kotter's classic, Leading Change, is the cover image of a penguin leaping across a space between two blocks of ice while 10 other penguins look on from the side the penguin leaped from. Here is one case where you can tell the book by its cover.

Obviously, that wonderful image penetrated deeply into the consciousness of Holger Rathgeber in designing this penguin-based version of how a leader might deal with the problem in Who Moved My Cheese? (changing conditions affect survival)? If you miss that connection to Who Moved My Cheese? there's a foreword by Spencer Johnson to make it clearer.

The Emperor Penguins have lived on an iceberg in Antarctica for many years. They planned to always live there. But Fred had a different idea: The iceberg was melting in a way that meant the possibility of a catastrophic collapse in mid-Winter. The rest of the book explores how Fred's knowledge is translated into useful action for the 268 penguins that lived in the colony.

The fable naturally draws on John Kotter's famous eight steps for leading change which I have paraphrased below into seven to make them easier to understand:

1. Get peoples' attention.

2. Establish a change-leading team.

3. Agree on the results you want.

4. Allow needed changes.

5. Show regular progress.

6. Stay focused.

7. Build new habits that will serve you well after the change is done.

Fables are difficult to write. I admire John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber for taking a crack at it.

But if you pay attention to the facts, you'll find that their story doesn't quite make sense. Emperor Penguins live on the pack ice that forms seasonally. As the pack ice retreats, they simply move to the edge. Seldom would they stay on an iceberg. Why? Because the ice breaks up when the youngsters are old enough to swim to the main ice pack. If you read science articles, you'll also learn that what is more likely to threaten a penguin community is that their iceberg drifts into an area where the winter freeze isolates the colony too far from the open sea. The penguins have to walk to the sea rather than dive in to get food.

Also, most icebergs are going to eventually release into warmer seas and melt that way rather than be split by freezing water as described in this book.

If you look at the leadership, it's also very male dominated. The story would be more realistic if it included more male-female interaction.

The problem of survival in the face of the environment seems more akin to what a town council might face in deciding to relocate away from a leaking dam that what a business organization might face.

I could go on, but I'm sure you see the point: A better fable could have been written (even if it had to involve penguins).

I also compared the book to Leading Change and The Heart of Change. Unless you are only able to learn by reading fables, both of those books are much better on this subject.

My suggestion is that you let the iceberg melt and read about how people lead instead in Dr. Kotter's other excellent books.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Penguins Learn to Stick Their Heads in the Ice Beneath Them, 14. April 2007
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Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 124,000 Helpful Votes Globally) - Alle meine Rezensionen ansehen
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Gebundene Ausgabe)
My favorite part of John Kotter's classic, Leading Change, is the cover image of a penguin leaping across a space between two blocks of ice while 10 other penguins look on from the side the penguin leaped from. Here is one case where you can tell the book by its cover.

Obviously, that wonderful image penetrated deeply into the consciousness of Holger Rathgeber in designing this penguin-based version of how a leader might deal with the problem in Who Moved My Cheese? (changing conditions affect survival)? If you miss that connection to Who Moved My Cheese? there's a foreword by Spencer Johnson to make it clearer.

The Emperor Penguins have lived on an iceberg in Antarctica for many years. They planned to always live there. But Fred had a different idea: The iceberg was melting in a way that meant the possibility of a catastrophic collapse in mid-Winter. The rest of the book explores how Fred's knowledge is translated into useful action for the 268 penguins that lived in the colony.

The fable naturally draws on John Kotter's famous eight steps for leading change which I have paraphrased below into seven to make them easier to understand:

1. Get peoples' attention.

2. Establish a change-leading team.

3. Agree on the results you want.

4. Allow needed changes.

5. Show regular progress.

6. Stay focused.

7. Build new habits that will serve you well after the change is done.

Fables are difficult to write. I admire John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber for taking a crack at it.

But if you pay attention to the facts, you'll find that their story doesn't quite make sense. Emperor Penguins live on the pack ice that forms seasonally. As the pack ice retreats, they simply move to the edge. Seldom would they stay on an iceberg. Why? Because the ice breaks up when the youngsters are old enough to swim to the main ice pack. If you read science articles, you'll also learn that what is more likely to threaten a penguin community is that their iceberg drifts into an area where the winter freeze isolates the colony too far from the open sea. The penguins have to walk to the sea rather than dive in to get food.

Also, most icebergs are going to eventually release into warmer seas and melt that way rather than be split by freezing water as described in this book.

If you look at the leadership, it's also very male dominated. The story would be more realistic if it included more male-female interaction.

The problem of survival in the face of the environment seems more akin to what a town council might face in deciding to relocate away from a leaking dam that what a business organization might face.

I could go on, but I'm sure you see the point: A better fable could have been written (even if it had to involve penguins).

I also compared the book to Leading Change and The Heart of Change. Unless you are only able to learn by reading fables, both of those books are much better on this subject.

My suggestion is that you let the iceberg melt and read about how people lead instead in Dr. Kotter's other excellent books.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nice but not "The Little Prince" (Saint-Exupery) of the 21st century, 29. Mai 2009
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Gebundene Ausgabe)
In the foreward Stephan Bachel, General Manager of Eli Lilly in Belgium, states that the book could become "The little prince" written by Saint-Exupery of the 21st century. I largely disagree, this book misses almost everything to become a novel that will still be read in 50 years. The plot of the story, the language used are much to simple to become a master piece of literature. Kotter and Rathgeber are certainly good in their professions, but they are not writers.

Nevertheless, the story is nice and triggers your thoughts on how things can be changed. The main message of the book is (according to me) that convincing people (penguins) to change requires more than rational arguments, you need to touch their emotions. And simple children stories like the one presented are more convincing than piles of scientific evidence. Getting this message I had a worrying afterthought, namely the methods described could also work for to implement changes we do not like.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen tolles Buch, 31. Dezember 2013
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Hier werden die Phasen eines "Changes" im Rahmen einer Fabel sehr anschaulich dargestellt. Man merkt gar nicht, dass man beim Lesen dieser Geschichte "eine Lektion für's Leben" lernt. Sehr gut.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein hervorragendes Buch, 25. Januar 2015
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Das Buch ist ein muss für alle die mehr von Leben und Menschen verstehen wollen.
Ausgezeichnet geschriebene Fabel, die man in einem Atemzug ließt, und ich glaube, nie vergisst.
Gehört in jeden Bücherschrank, man wird dieses Buch immer wieder lesen oder blättern wollen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very Good, 15. September 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions (Gebundene Ausgabe)
We had to read this book before we went to a training about "Leading change".

It's very easy to understand and it explains the different steps in change quite well.

I will read more from this author in the future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic and out of the odd, 25. April 2013
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A book out of the odd if it comes to change management. Easily written and understandable for everybody.
This book gives you an idea, how change management can be done by using a language everybody does understand.
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