That's Not How We Do It Here!

That's Not How We Do It Here!

A Story About How Organizations Rise, Fall – and Can Rise Again


A new business parable from John Kotter - the leading authority on leadership and change, and bestselling author of Our Iceberg is Melting

That's Not How We Do It Here
is the story of a clan of meerkats who live in the Kalahari. Well organised and efficient, the colony enjoys many years of successful growth, until it suddenly comes under threat from a new form of predator and is forced to rethink its organizational structure.

John Kotter uses this charming parable to explore why organizations often struggle no matter their past success, and why they fall.

Kotter shows that by embracing reliability, efficiency, speed and agility, and building passion, discipline and personal growth, organizations can once again prosper, fulfil their mission, create great jobs and services and generate wealth.


  • This remarkable parable shows us how we re "safer" in changing times when we innovate!
    Spencer Johnson, MD, author of WHO MOVED MY CHEESE?

About the authors

John Kotter

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Holger Rathgeber

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