Read That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again Online Free - The bestselling authors of Our Iceberg is Melting (more than one million sold) are back with their second business fable, this time on the eternal tensions of management vs leadership, planning vs spontaneity, big vs small.
This short, full-color fable tackles the most fundamental questions in business: why do organizations rise and fall, and how can they rise again in the face of adversity? It distills decades of research by bestselling Harvard Business School professor and leadership consultant John Kotter.
Once upon a time there was a clan of meerkats living in the Kalahari, a warm and dry stretch of land in the southern part of the African continent. After years of easy growth for their clan, a drought sharply reduces their resources and enables dangerous new predators. The harmony of the clan is damaged as the meerkats quarrel about possible solutions, and even whether a solution is required at all.
One young, bright, and adventurous worker, Nadia, sets out to find other clans, to see if other meerkats have fresh ideas that could help her struggling clan. She discovers a much smaller group that does things very differently, with much more flexibility and team spirit. But not everything in the new group is as perfect as it seems at first. And they are just as likely to fall victim to some of the most dangerous words in any organization: "That's not how we do it here."
This simple yet rich story will connect with a broad range of people who need to combine flexibility and systems in a challenging climate.
|Title||:||That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
June 09, 2016
I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Penguin Group, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my review blog. In addition, I posted reviews to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.
June 22, 2016
3 extracts I found particularly useful:
# 1: On page 51, I learned about the frustration of Nadia:
I am tired of seeing some of us seeming to care only for ourselves. I am tired of listening to endless talk of who is to blame. I am tired of noone listening to those who have ideas to make things be...
June 27, 2016
For fans of the Spencer Johnson ("Who Moved My Cheese") and Ken Blanchard ("One Minute Manager" and many others), this book is of a similar vein, particular with the former. We follow a fable based on the meerkat society of the Kalahari desert. Where a pair of meerkats, Nadia and Ayo leave their...
September 05, 2016
Billed as a story about how organizations rise, fall and can rise again, this graphically rich book is presented in the form of a series of fables to underline its message.
It is a simple device and one perhaps that you will either love or be at best ambivalent towards. For this reviewer it was th...
June 30, 2016
Usually, I like fables about leadership and management because they let you draw your own learnings without being preachy. Also, stories stick around longer in one's head than bullet points.
However, this fable really goes nowhere. My only takeaway from the book was that meerkats are cute creatur...
August 21, 2016
Consisted but comprehensive
Thus is the most concise and comprehensive book I've read about leadership and management in fast change context.
The fable of the meerkats demonstrate that leadership and management are not a "neither ... or" . Organisations which are over managed and under led rise an...
July 19, 2016
One of the best business books I've read so far this year, this one provides powerful lessons in a very engaging format. It uses fable to illustrate points which would have been boring for some if read through the usual prose.
This book narrates the story of meerkats, the one I think is the specie...
December 29, 2016
A cute sequel to Our Iceberg is Melting.
February 22, 2017
Most of this book (much like one of the author's previous books "Our Iceberg is Melting"), is written in the form of a fable. While I didn't necessarily enjoy following the story of a clan of meerkats, the application at the end, made the story worthwhile.
Toward the end of the book, the author w...
April 11, 2017
This is a leadership and management book written as a fable of Meerkats building a community that faces trouble putting in measures to mitigate the issues that arise as a result of challenges and changes.
John and Holger tell the story of this Meerkat community in such a way that the reader can se...