Tag Archives: Organizational Change

Our Iceberg Is Melting

“Our Iceberg Is Melting” by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber describes an eight-step process for organizational change.

Set the Stage

1. Create a Sense of Urgency:

Make other see the need for change and the importance to act now.

2. Pull together the Guiding Team

People with power, leadership and authority. But also people with analytical skills and communication skills.

Decide What to Do

3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy

How will the future be different from the past. Communicate the strategy and make sure everyone understands and accepts.

Make it Happen

4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy-in

Create buy-in no only by arguments of reasons but also argument of the heart.

5. Empower Others to Act

Remove barriers and commit to actions.

6. Produce Short-Term Wins

Recognize the quiet heroes amongst the more visible.

7. Don’t Let Up

Be relentless until the vision become reality.

Make it Stick

8. Create a New Culture

Make sure people don’t get into old habits. Make the new way of doing things part of the company culture.


Who Moved My Cheese

“Who Moved My Cheese” by Spencer Johnson is an allegory for organizational change.

The story is about two mice living in a maze. The are fed cheese every day in the same location … one day the cheese is gone  and we read about the different reactions of the mice.

The lessons are:

Change Happens

They Keep Moving The Cheese

Anticipate Change

Get Ready For The Cheese To Move

Monitor Change

Smell The Cheese Often, So You Know When It Is Getting Old

Adapt To Change Quickly

The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese


Move With The Cheese

Enjoy Change!

Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!

Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again

They Keep Moving The Cheese.