A fable about institutional change, John Kotter tells the story of a penguin colony that finds themselves in trouble. Their iceberg is melting, and the frozen water will expand and destroy their home.
Initially the penguins are sceptical, but eventually come to see that change is necessary. The follow the good steps of change management as designed by Kotter and eventually determine a their next steps forward.
It’s an interesting story, and one that acknowledges the complexity of any human interaction. No matter how well the penguins follow the process that Kotter is espousing here, there are still nay-sayers. But this is sound, reasonable advice that is told in a very relatable way. An easy read for anyone in a management position. You’ll get some good key takeaways.