Saturday, January 06, 2007

Review of my first reading of this year: "Our Iceberg Is Melting"

First of all, Hats off to John Kottar by putting all his management experience in making people (especially me) understand “how to handle change” with his superb narration in a form of fable in “Our Iceberg Is Melting”.

A colony of penguins was living on an iceberg in Antarctic. They came to know the iceberg, on which they were living, was going to melt/break in another two months. With different characters named Alice, Fred, Louis, Head Penguin, Buddy & NoNo, Kottar explained how to handle the process of change in eight steps.

This book is written such a way that it can be read by all age groups from 6 to 60. Those who already read Spencer Johnson’s “Who moved my cheese” will feel almost same theme present in this book also. But this book is worth reading. I give 10 out of 10 for this book as I love it.

As Kottar rightly said, you need to read and reflect on the story. I will try to interpret his story in circumstances that I am facing and reflect stated resolutions as much as possible.

The Eight Step Process of Successful Change

  1. Create a Sense of Urgency
  2. Pull Together the guiding Team
  3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy
  4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy In
  5. Empower Others to Act
  6. Produce Short-Term Wins
  7. Don’t Let Up
  8. Create a New Culture

Do you want to know - What the above eight process says and how to implement them – then read the book you will know.