Sunday, August 17, 2008
Apparently Someone is Moving My Damn Cheese
There's this sappy sort of businessy self-help book called "Who Moved My Cheese?" (96 pages and has content for only about 3 of those pages) that has been popular for several years. I read the book if you can call it that - it's supposed to be a business parable - and to sum it up in my own words: "Change happens, especially in the business world and if you want to keep getting the cheeese (paycheck/benefits etc.) then you as a GOOD corporate MOUSE had better adapt to change and learn to crawl through the new tunnel to get that cheese, otherwise you'll starve."
I hate the book. I hate the mindless philsophy in business and everywhere else. In my opinion, it's even more insipid than The Secret, another brainless rehashing of metaphysical principals that are WAY more complex than the slick marketers would ever even touch.
At any rate, what I have found in my infinite and admittedly UNsuccessful past business experience and having always been a rebel from tripe of all sorts, and generally intolerant of corporate slick-speak, what I have discovered is that whenever managers start suggesting books such as this, boy you better watch out because change is coming all right. Cheese is moving. Yeah. Not usually good for the mice.
So when change happens, you can either buck up and face it, or you can leave and go find cheese somewhere else. Or you can laugh about it and try to survive. That's what I'm doing right now.
Not to be cynical or anything, but THIS wonderful youtube video by Michael Loeck perfectly expresses my opinion of this mouse/cheese concept. Funny, click on it and watch it. It will make you laugh too.
And as the new week approaches, and I scamper down a new tunnel in search of my cheese, I wish other mice a happy and mousetrap FREE week ahead.