Using Fables

For kicks I ordered and read Our Iceberg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber. Kotter is the guy that wrote Leading Changeand The Heart of Change. I’ve read neither of them but I’ve heard of each. I figured this would be a new way to get exposure to his ideas. But what Kotter does is take an idea from Spencer Johnson ( Who Moved My Cheese?) and creates a 147 page fable about Penguins. This book is easy to read and I wouldn’t expect anyone to take more than 3 hours to read the first time. Simplicity is key. The story is genius in how well it touches on business ideas without getting wordy or long winded. The story goes through a penguin example of each of the eight steps for successful change. I guess these eight originally came about in Leading Change. The book also has overtones of global warming, but it doesn’t outright say anything about that topic (smart). I would recommend Audible.comthis book to anyone wanting a subtle introduction to business book reading. There are plenty of people that aren’t excited about diving into The Art of War by Sun Tzu or maybe some game theory books, but this would be a good starter.

Maybe the people from Teaching and Training by Design can get their Performance Educators to act out the fable

You can also pick up a Harvard Business Review “Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail” by John Kotter. I bought the audio version from Audible.com. Here is a link to it – Audible.com Leading Change HBR

About benleeson
My name is Ben Leeson. I currently work for a large financial company in IT. I went to school at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration concentrating in HR. Professor William Brown taught me and I enjoyed his classes; even acquiring an appreciation for just about all things HR. I didn’t pursue a job in that field after college but I’ve kept up with it. This blog will further my fascination with all things HR. I hope to grow my knowledge of the area through thoughtful writings and spirited feedback. I will attempt to have a fairly routine style so anyone reading can come to expect certain segments. Please excuse my incorrect grammar and occasional misspelling.

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