That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again

That s Not How We Do It Here A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall and Can Rise Again The bestselling authors of Our Iceberg is Melting than one million sold are back with their second business fable this time on the eternal tensions of management vs leadership planning vs spontaneit

  • Title: That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again
  • Author: John P. Kotter Holger Rathgeber
  • ISBN: 9780399563942
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The bestselling authors of Our Iceberg is Melting 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 theThe bestselling authors of Our Iceberg is Melting 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 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.

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    About “John P. Kotter Holger Rathgeber

    • John P. Kotter Holger Rathgeber

      John P Kotter, world renowned expert on leadership, is the author of many books, including Leading Change, Our Iceberg is Melting, The Heart of Change, and his latest book, That s Not How We Do It Here He is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, and a graduate of MIT and Harvard He is co founder of Kotter International, a change management and strategy execution firm that helps organizations engage employees in a movement to drive change and reach sustainable results He and his wife Nancy live in Boston, Massachusetts.kotterinternational ab

    524 thoughts on “That's Not How We Do It Here!: A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall--and Can Rise Again

    • 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, , and my review blog. In addition, I posted reviews to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.I requested this book because I have read all of John Kotter's books and found them thoughtful, informative and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed his (and Holger Ratheber) other animal group based book "Our Iceberg is Melt [...]


    • 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 better that go beyond what you all seem to see as the best and only way. I am sick of watching those who want to help get pushed back into their place and told to shut up and wait for orders.Additional ins [...]


    • 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 established group because of how it is being led, inflexibility and lack of new ideas to make things/life better for all. They run into several other group of meerkats, one completely dysfunctional and a [...]


    • Hakuna Matada - What can Timon the meerkat from The Lion King teach us about the cooperation between leadership and managementobably not much; however, in Dr. Kotter's book, a parable called "That's Not How We Do It Here!", he chronicles the lives of a colony of meerkat as they suffer newer and greater hardships, yet like many, insist on sticking to their traditional ways of doing things expecting their situation to change. Through the story, we follow the lives of two young meerkat as they leav [...]


    • 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 the second of the two situations. It is by no means a bad book yet it just failed to engage; in the hands of another reader it could be entirely different. The authors believe that this will assist compani [...]


    • 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 creatures and it is a pity that they get attacked by various predators.Broadly, the book tries to talk about two approaches through which organisations evolve:1. Having structures and hierarchies and trying to [...]


    • Consisted but comprehensiveThus 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 and fall. Equally organisations which are over led and under managed rise and fall. To succeed in question fast changing world, organisations must be both well led and well managed.This is my take away after [...]


    • 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 of Timon in the movie the Lion King. The story is not related to The Lion King franchise but they both give life to ordinary animals to convey powerful messages. Anyhow, many will surely enjoy this book [...]



    • 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 writes these words"Management and leadership serve different functions: The first can get the regular work done well, reliable, and efficiently, even in exceptionally large and complex systems; the second [...]


    • This is a great book for those who work in medium and large organizations where there is a struggle to balance structure with innovation and creativity. It is a parable based on meerkat clans in the Kalahari Desert; this style of writing may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it and thought it provided a good illustration of the difference between leadership and management. I felt the parable did not quite provide enough in terms of describing how leadership and management can co-exist, but ther [...]


    • Otter and Rathgeber craft a cute but long-winded tale about two Meerkat communities, one of which runs on management and one on leadership. Guess what? To survive the colonies need both. How desperately they need each style depends on crisis and the rate of change. The story clearly illustrates the need for both, butI think most readers would get the point from a story a third the length of this one and would be happier with more information on facilitating the needed discussions around identify [...]


    • ​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 see opportunities for innovation, changes and improvement.This book helps leader approach alternative ways to leverage the capabilities of their team in order to yield measurable outputs.Rating: 4/5Favo [...]


    • The central parable wasn't all that interesting on its own, but it allowed for several surprisingly revelatory insights. More than simple pop-management, and definitely a book I'll refer to (if passingly) in the future.


    • Hmm hmm. A meercat story as an audiobook. How does a meercat speak? There might have been deeper insights in the book and a lesson to learn and something about a two by two box drawings, but all I could think about was the choice of making the meercats sound like Finnish rally drivers.


    • I won a copy of this book during a giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. I am paying it forward by passing this book along to a business organization that offers business skills, hope, and dreams to be used in their ministry.


    • Another fable by Kotter. This one is about how organizations need to have leadership and management. No management, no leadership - doomedManagement with no leadership - well run but bureaucratic and unable to change quicklyLeadership with no management - Innovative, adaptive and energetic but chaoticLeadership and management - well run and innovative, adaptive and energeticThe story is essentially about a clan of meerkats who encounter challenging and changing environmental threats. After the p [...]


    • A good book to understand how we can thrive in an environment that is constantly changing. It is easily read and clarifies the difference between management and leadership in a curious way.[Note: I have read the Portuguese version - 'O nosso deserto está a mudar'.]


    • Interesting idea on how to satisfy both the need for change and the need for management in bigger organizations.


    • Love the fable format and it teaches why it's important to have organizations that are both good at leading and managing. Short read. Three hour audio book.


    • Nice little book about how to find the sweet spot between bureaucracy and self organization making clear that we need both leadership and management


    • The story discusses strategies to adopt for overcoming resistance to change and adopting innovation in teams and organisations sprinkled with lessons in leadership and management.



    • This is a story that uses clans of meerkats to explain different corporate structures, and the difference between managers and leaders. If you are not into analogies, you can skip to the back where the strategies are explained like any other business book, but I really enjoyed the meerkats aspect. It gives plenty of room to explain things while helping to make the points memorable. I recommend you pick up this short book and give it a read.The story starts with a meerkat, Nadia, getting promoted [...]


    • I like how Mr. John P. Kotter explained things in the most lightest way to visually state the situation through story. For me, I love this kind of book it gives me easy way approach to see things. I understand the message well. I agree with it that on any situation it needs to try new things, more options to check which is the best to use in more effective way.I hope to be get a chance to read more books from you. Thank you.


    • That’s not how we do it here--John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber; Portfolio/Penguin Illustrated by Kari FryI have long been fascinated by last words and epitaphs on tombstones. As a pastor I often heard that the last words spoken by many church leaders was “We never did it that way before”. When I saw the title of John Kotter’s book I knew I had to read it. “That’s not how we do it here” may well be the epitaph of many churches and businesses. Of course this book is focused more on b [...]


    • A clever parable that explores the relationship between management and leadership.This book tells the tale of a clan of meerkats in the Kalahari desert in Africa. The clan is very well organized and managed, with many rules, procedures, and policies for how to handle the clan's day to day activities. All is well until those rules, procedures, and policies fail to address changes in the environment (lack of rain and the arrival of vultures to name a couple). When a young creative meerkat named Na [...]


    • Full review here: wp/p1GgST-1eLI really enjoyed this short book and would definitely recommend it to others. This book offers a lot of practical application for leadership both in business sectors and church leadership as well which is the aspect that I currently focus within.Perhaps all of us at some point have heard the expression voiced, "That's not how we do it here" or at least in some way or another it is said when ideas are expressed. This mentality kills creativity. Personally I lean mor [...]


    • That's not how we do it here! is a fable which addresses the issue of how organisations and the individuals within them can respond to the present phenomenon of constant change. Whereas their previous fable, Our Iceberg is Melting, tackled the issue of how to lead change in a crisis situation, illustrating Kotter's eight step process for Leading Change; this book builds on Kotter's work in Accelerate XLR8. The essence of Kotter's argument here is that that established hierarchical managerial str [...]


    • Fables and parables for adults are hard to write, but not impossible. Solid research behind the content, but a few revisions needed to make the story flow, like it did in Kotter's previous fable, "Our iceberg is melting". Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any ConditionsA sense of urgency, a burning platform was well communicated through the melting iceberg metaphor. Slowly dying meerkats and declining herds are appropriate similes to modern organizations that have scaled past [...]


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