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Synopsis:

With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change--an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable.

Most people are fearful of change because they don't believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.

 

When the Y2K panic gripped the corporate realm before the new millenium, most work environments finally recognized the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. And businesses realized that this was not enough: they needed to help people get ready, too.

Spencer Johnson has created his new book to do just that. The coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager has written a deceptively simple story with a dramatically important message that can radically alter the way we cope with change. Who Moved My Cheese? allows for common themes to become topics for discussion and individual interpretation.

 

Who Moved My Cheese? takes the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and shows people a simple way to successfully deal with the changing times, providing them with a method for moving ahead with their work and lives safely and effectively.

 

Let's set the scene...

They're still at Harvard and Rory is having a book-related panic attack...

 

Rory: Thirteen million volumes? I've read like, what, three hundred books in my entire life and I'm already sixteen? Do you know how long it would take me to read thirteen million books?

Lorelai: But honey, you don't have to read every one of them. "Tuesday's with Morrie?" Skip that. "Who Moved My Cheese?" Just stuff you already know.
 

 

My thoughts:

 While it was nice to finally be able to get through a challenge book in 40 minutes, it was 40 minutes I could've spent reading ANY OTHER BOOK.  Therefore I'm bitter and resentful.  I'm not a fan of corporate propoganda in general.  But the "simplicity" (that's the only way I can put it nicely) with which this book was written made me feel like I was being talked down to.  The print was giant... and it wasn't even the large print version!  Everything about this book was off-putting to me.  Does this book change anyone's life?  Because I'm pretty sure I could've just said "Try to flow with change and everything will go smoother" and saved you the $11.97.  That $11.97 would buy me 3.8121019 Cafe Mistos from Starbucks.  And that caffeine will make me a much better employee than a story about mice and "littlepeople".  I gave this one cup of Luke's coffee simply because I did not think to have the designer make me a version with ZERO cups.  Pretend this book gets ZERO CUPS!

 

Although I do love cheese.

 

Who do I see reading this in the Stars Hollow gazebo?

Kirk seems like the type of person who would go all cult-like into following Dr. Johnson's teachings and would try to get everyone in Stars Hollow to follow the system.  And he would never understand that what you're being told is common sense that most other humans are able to apply to situations without being told to.