Finding symmetries in an unsymmetrical world ..

Our Iceberg is Melting

Posted on: January 8, 2009

Just stumbled upon this amazing book, amazing because it teaches, but not preaches. It is a simple fable with profound lessons for working and living in an ever changing world.

I admire the book because it is very difficult to make things simple. 

Here is the key take away from the book :


1. Create a Sense of Urgency.

Help others see the need for change and the importance of acting immediately.

2. Pull Together the Guiding Team.

Make sure there is a powerful group guiding the change—one with leadership skills, bias for action, credibility, communications ability, authority, analytical skills.


 3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy.

Clarify how the future will be different from the past, and how you can make that future a reality.


4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy-in.

Make sure as many others as possible understand and accept the vision and the strategy.

5. Empower Others to Act.

Remove as many barriers as possible so that those who want to make the vision a reality can do so.

6. Produce Short-Term Wins.

Create some visible, unambiguous successes as soon as possible.

7. Don’t Let Up.

Press harder and faster after the first successes. Be relentless with instituting change after change until the vision becomes a reality.


 8. Create a New Culture.

Hold on to the new ways of behaving, and make sure they succeed, until they become a part of the very culture of the group.

And lastly , do not listen to the NoNo’s.

The background of the story is creating a change using group dynamics, because far more can be achieved in teams.If your cause is genuine, people are bound to notice, provided you project it in a right way. So whatever be it , that you/your organization is stuck up with, You can Change.

Connecting is important, and at the heart of any change requires an underlying emotion. Find that emotion and use it to get along with people using this to bind them to you.

Google’s testing on toilet was about a fundamental change too, which required leaving the mentality that testing is for quality teams. It is engaging people to use social media, group dynamics and leadership and vision to let others SEE what they SEEAction begets Action.

So, the more fundamental the change, the more the resistance, but who said it anyway that it would be easy?




We tend to overestimate how much can be achieved in  day, but underestimate what can be achieved in a lifetime .


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