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Our Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter (Book Review)

Image result for our iceberg is meltingTitle: Our Iceberg is Melting
Author: John Kotter
Rating: 5/5

Our Iceberg is Melting is one of the books that can surely stir your curious mind – because of the reviews and so as how it has been presented. Leadership books and books about change is not a new genre for me. Thus seeing how this book was written was fairly surprising.

If you want to appreciate this book much more, then maybe consider reading it twice or more for it might give you a different perspective after your first read.

So, the question is, how do you Change and Succeed Under Any Condition?

  1. Create a Sense of Urgency
  2. Put a Carefully Selected Group in Charge of guiding the Change
  3. Find a Sensible Vision of a Better Future
  4. Communicate the Vision to Others
  5. Remove as many Obstacle.
  6. Create some sort of Success Quickly.
  7. Never Let up until the New Way of Life has Firmly Established
  8. Ensured that the changes would not be overcome by stubborn, hard to do tradition

I can’t help but really think about my real life struggles at work. Clients to deal with, changes that had been constant from day 1 and a lot of small wins that we have had. Never did I know that we are on the right track and we are following these steps. Maybe, we also have great mentors that were there every step of the way. Most people doesn’t see problems as opportunities, to do and become better. All they see are hindrances and they wait for people around them to solve it for it for them.

Maybe, I was like them too before. But then I realize that Change should start from myself. How I carry myself and how I see life as a whole. I was once like No-No (one of the characters in this novel). He’s a negative person who’d always see the negative things with others. And the most dangerous part is, he can influence a lot of people to become like him. And that is where the challenge of the leaders come in.

If you want to know how to deal with change, whether you are a leader or a follower, this book is a great read. It’s simple (and can be confusing at times) but with the right reflection and right direction, it will stir you to the right path.

What I like most about this book is it’s not a giveaway book – wherein you can expect what will happen next. It will create numerous questions at the back of your mind but after reading it, you’d eventually understand it one by one. Just like how we deal with our lives. Sometimes we face life with uncertainty yet towards the end of every problem, it will make sense

Our Iceberg is Melting will surely help you succeed and overcone change as you should.

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John Kotter has given change agents like me a great manual to introduce the concepts of change to a board audience. As a professed change agent who has worked in the academic and public sector for over 40 years, I have found this little book and its story to be an extremely powerful teaching tool. The penguin and iceberg metaphors work and resonates with even the most sophisticated audiences. 

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