The Penguin book of change management

ouriceberg.jpg I’ve just read a fabulous book and OK it’s not actually “A Penguin book,” it’s a book on Change Management that uses Penguins to create a fable that illustrate challenges presented by change, and strategies for driving change. It’s called Our Iceberg is Melting and is by John Kotter.
I loved this book. It’s kind of The one minute manager of change management but deeper and fuller. It’s well worth a read not just from a learning point of view BUT also if you’ve ever been involved in bringing ‘change’ to a Church you WILL REALLY recognize some of the penguins (and either laugh or cry).
Read the book and join the ‘Fred Fan Club’ I’m starting 🙂
I’m doing some work around Confirmation preparation at the moment and putting some training together. I’m thinking that I might use this book to provide the framework in terms of identifying threat and driving change ……

4 Replies to “The Penguin book of change management”

  1. Ian – stayed with a guy in aus who is a ceo of a 3 billion poound company and he recommended this book (and others) for me to read. There are all genius.
    Im intrigued what on earth had identifying threat and driving change got to do with confirmation? (in asking this I am not being NONo by the way

  2. Tim,
    Hey Pal, good to hear from you.
    With confirmation prep’ I want to demonstrate that a lot of current practice is doing what has ‘always been done’ when actually conditions have changed.
    The Iceberg is cracked, the context has changed, therefore the practice needs to be different.
    (I’m still reflecting but will chat more about what I’m trying to do when I see you in September)

  3. Thanks, Ian. I read this book a couple of years agp, and find it valuable; but most helpful is your question about the way we work with young people helps celebrate and raise their versatility, imagination, confidence, and how mnuxch is it stuck in a static “formation” model that made far more sense in the machine age. Oh, and how relational is it? How much does it fit people to make out in Church relationships, as well as acquire knowledge about church structures?

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