That’s Not How We Do It Here! A Story about How Organizations Rise and Fall -and Can Rise Again, by John Kotter, Holger Rathgeber
Step back Tony Robbins, move over Deepack Chopra..here come the Meerkats to teach us about discipline, planning and efficiency.
I am firmly convinced that animals are the best teachers. In fact, we’ve learned adapting from mice (Who Moved My Cheese, by Kenneth Blanchard), resilience from penguins (Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions, by and now.. the meerkats are here to share tips and tricks about management.
You know, those squirrel-size fuzzy, little animals who live in the deserts and grasslands of the southern tip of Africa.
Cute in their bushy, brown-striped fur, meerkats live in groups as large as 40, and everyone in the mob participates in gathering food, keeping a look out for predators, and taking care of the babies.
John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber use a simple fable about these bushy, animals to help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities.
Once upon a time a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in southern Africa. After years of steady growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan’s resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the harmony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, and suggestions from frontline workers face a soul-crushing response: “That’s not how we do it here!”
So Nadia, a bright and adventurous meerkat, hits the road in search of new ideas to help her troubled clan. She discovers a much smaller group that operates very differently, with much more teamwork and agility. These meerkats have developed innovative solutions to find food and evade the vultures. But not everything in this small clan is as perfect as it seems at first.
That’s Not How We Do It Here! distills decades of experience and research to understand how organization rise, why they often eventually struggle and how and why they can rise again. This is not just a nice fable, but a real-life lesson that will teach you how to create an environment of openness to new and innovative ideas.