Sunday, May 27, 2007

Who Stole My Cheese

From the New York Review:

In The Disposable American, Uchitelle describes an Indianapolis program created largely for United Airlines mechanics who lost their jobs when the company bailed out of an advanced maintenance shop for narrow-body jets. The mechanics show up looking for tips about companies that might be hiring or new careers beckoning. What they receive, mostly, is airy wisdom about attitude, interpersonal relations, and the inner self; at least one classful gets free copies of the global best seller Who Moved My Cheese?, which warns those in economic distress not to be led into indignation or dismay by the overly complex human brain. Far better, the book suggests, to adopt the existential pragmatism of mice: No cheese in that corner? Check out this corner.

I always thought that Who Moved My Cheese? was unique as a self help book about downsizing because it didn't actually provide any useful tips to those being downsized (other than 'don't worry, be happy'). Of course the book was never intended for those being laid off. Rather it was a self help book for the managers doing the downsizing: read this and feel less guilty about putting people out of work...

1 comment:

Kevin Cahill said...

I very much liked Terence's remarks about _Who Moved My Cheese?_