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(USA Today)   What kind of person buys those "Who Moved My Cheese" books?   (usatoday.com ) divider line
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2002-12-27 09:38:50 AM  
My boss. Even tries to get me to read them. Lame.
 
2002-12-27 09:41:42 AM  
Unadulterated pap.
 
2002-12-27 09:42:02 AM  
My boss too. Gave us $5 if we'd read it. Pathetic.
 
2002-12-27 09:42:43 AM  
Hey, don't be dissin' my followers.
 
2002-12-27 09:44:27 AM  
parodies named "Who Cut the Cheese?????" Hilarious!! Oh wait, no it's not.
 
2002-12-27 09:44:46 AM  
It seems every year one of the VPs "discovers" one of these types of books and it gets rolled out to the whole company. It will change the way we work, we will become more profitable, , etc. Nothing ever changes. Right now, there are farking inflatable fish hanging all over the place. I refuse to read that crap.
 
2002-12-27 09:45:41 AM  
Isn't it ironic that bosses give this book out but yet don't read it themselves and/or don't follow it for the most part?
 
2002-12-27 09:45:49 AM  
what a great, great title that is.
 
FL-
2002-12-27 09:47:33 AM  
In other news, companies setup virtual reality gaming machines so you can practice killing your co-workers or blowing up your place of employment...
 
2002-12-27 09:48:03 AM  
I saw the movie!


.
...really
 
2002-12-27 09:48:32 AM  
The Farker who posted this article obviously knows the answer to this question, since he gave it the [image from img.fark.com too old to be available] tag.
 
2002-12-27 09:48:58 AM  
Usually effete assheads buy those type of books.
 
2002-12-27 09:49:26 AM  
Aseop was the manager motivator of his time. He was still a loser and wound up DEAD.
Breech-tigger - this is true for a LOT of books in a LOT of fields. Anything other than erotica is a waste of time and paper that could be better served to making orgami.
 
2002-12-27 09:49:28 AM  
My asshole ex-boss MADE my web team read both "Who Moved My Cheese" and watch the "Fish!" video, and it was listed on my letter of resignation that I felt like I was being talked down to when I was told that I "needed" to read that farking book.

Needed to read it? Pff! I'm earning almost double now what I was earning there, and am much happier.

Next time some asshat tries to get me to read one of those books I'll shove it up his or her ass.
 
2002-12-27 09:49:31 AM  
Hey, at least you guys were spared the VIDEO of "Who Moved my Cheese?" !!! My boss (who is otherwise a fabulous boss and a decent human being) made us read the freakin' book AND watch the damn video.
 
2002-12-27 09:50:39 AM  
Amigajoe... Had to sit through the movie at work last year. All I could think about was how much I wanted some cheese. Sad thing is that I'm lactose intolerant.
 
2002-12-27 09:51:21 AM  
Companies going under. They try to have these cheesy morale-builing parties and those are always the prizes.

With that said, I took my copy and exchanged it at Barnes & Noble. They have a very open policy there - as long as they carry the book - you can exchange it for anything else.
 
2002-12-27 09:53:37 AM  
Any company activity that involves role-playing should result in extreme violence against whichever cheesebag instructors choose to teach these time-wasting motivation meetings.
 
2002-12-27 09:53:42 AM  
My department had to watch the damn animated video of that. It was awful. Of course, these were the same people that told us diversity is like an Oreo cookie.
 
2002-12-27 09:53:44 AM  
I was required to read this idiotic book last year by my bubbleheaded manager. It was even listed on our yearly evaluations. "Moronic" doesn't even begin to describe it. If I wanted to be lectured about the benefits of behaving myself when faced with difficulty, I'd go back to the first grade.
 
2002-12-27 09:53:45 AM  
I just started a contract job earlier this month, had a holiday party last week. The "director" of the project handed each on of us a copy....
It nice to know Im not the only one who found it "cheesy".
 
2002-12-27 09:56:22 AM  
BAHAHA - - - Got a copy on my desk as we speak. Gift of the distant out of town VP.
 
2002-12-27 09:56:50 AM  
Another day, another metaphor.

These books are the business equivalent of pop-psychology. Taking convention wisdom and wrapping it up in a cute euphamism. Pabulum for managers with no sense.
 
2002-12-27 09:57:33 AM  
short, sweet and to the point.
 
2002-12-27 09:58:04 AM  
Actually this is a book everyone should read just to say they read it....AND IT READS AT A FOURTH GRADE READING LEVEL!!
 
2002-12-27 09:58:12 AM  
My mom reads that crap. I'm so embarrased...
 
2002-12-27 09:59:51 AM  
I always hated bosses that pushed this tripe on me. So, to motivate my guys here, we bought decent video cards & enough copies of UT (or whatever) for the team. As soon as the new Quake comes out, we'll do it again.

For the salesguys, I just buy doughnuts every so often & give them a half-day off. That seems to work OK.
 
2002-12-27 10:01:59 AM  
Everyone in my company had to read it. Yawn.


On a related note, I think I need to go move some cheese.
 
2002-12-27 10:02:19 AM  
When I used to work at a software company as a clerical drone, I had copies of Mein Kampf, Mao's Little Red Book, the Communist Manifesto, Modern Primitives, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintainence several Rollins books and the Lenny Bruce Bio.

First thing dickheads do is see what's on your cube bookshelf so they can buy you that "essential" Chicken Soup book, or whatever "new-style" management theory twaddle that someone just wrote.

Most managers would look at my shelf and not bother.
 
2002-12-27 10:02:50 AM  
I was also forced to watch the video. The woman giving the seminar wouldn't even let anyone TOUCH her only copy of the book. That scared me more than losing my cheese.
 
EZ
2002-12-27 10:06:21 AM  
Things change...here, these little mice will help you understand that....jeebus. The book should come with a hammer so that those who read it on purpose can whack themselves with it after each chapter.
Anyone ever read the NotmyDesk week-long review of this book? It's long, but I thought it was worth it. Linked below:
Who Moved my CheeZ
 
2002-12-27 10:07:22 AM  
reminds me of when i was stationed in germany working on a project using off the shelf technology for tactical applications, and us computer geeks had this infantry major for a boss taking a graduate level management course. he would be trying to tell us to do this or that, which we routinely ignored until he brought it up 3 times (that's when we knew it was important and not just one of his whims). we noticed he would be trying new tacts on trying to get us to listen to him, and we would look in his course textbook where the bookmard was, and sure enough that was the tactice he was reading about at the time. none of it ever worked - we knew what we were doing and what needed to be done - all we needed him for was to get the funding anyway.
 
2002-12-27 10:09:49 AM  

Hey, am I the only person who thinks that these parables are written at the 4th grade level because the target audience i.e.) business majors and the like can only read at a 4th grade level?



/ranting scientist

 
2002-12-27 10:10:15 AM  
Anyone else been forced to read/sit through a seminar by that Covey guy? Nothing but a bunch of bullcrap mixed in with Mormon propaganda.
 
EZ
2002-12-27 10:10:24 AM  
Damn... fell for the oldest trick in the book:

Who Moved the Cheez

If that doesn't work, cut and paste:

www.notmydesk.com/archives/cheese_week.html
 
2002-12-27 10:11:03 AM  
Here's where all the FARK members circle-jerk themselves into believing their psuedo-intellect puts them above the lessons that anyone can put down on paper.

You'd think it would destroy you people to see the value in something. This isn't isolated to this topic... it's the overall attitude that is prevalent in this community. Something gets posted and 90% of the time, 90% of the people posting bash it. It's sickening. FEPS. Oh, unless the post is a Boobies post. Then it's about 50% of the people complaining "she's fugly", "too much silicone", "not enough silicone", "she's too young looking", "she's my sister", blah blah blah.
 
2002-12-27 10:12:10 AM  
I'm so embarrassed now. I bought it for my employees in 2000.

I thought it's "cheesy", but I was convinced that Americans love that kind of crap. I also organized team-building exercises and motivational speeches....

I have never tried to sell that kind of crap to Europeans. It doesn't work well in Europe.

It seems that American view on that is not that different than European. How come it's so popular then in US? Why is there such a huge difference between management and employee opinions in US?
 
2002-12-27 10:13:32 AM  
argh!

effin italics
 
2002-12-27 10:13:34 AM  
Mierk It's not that we think we have superior intelligence. Well, actually we do, but we resent being forced to read books like this because 1) it serves no practical purpose; 2) you usually have to read it on your own time.
 
2002-12-27 10:13:58 AM  
The owner of my company was raving about this book, that's one of the ways I figured out he was a complete moron. I have no idea how he founded this million dollar company being the insincere idiot that he is. But speaking of all this, I just found out how I'm going to make my first million. I'll just write some crappy, management metaphor book staring a turtle or some other such nonsense. Small-brained managers will buy it looking for some sort of insight into their employees minds (without having to actually talk to them of course.) And I'll be laughing all the way to the proverbial bank!
 
2002-12-27 10:14:13 AM  
Diogenes, you have indeed shone a light on the issue. Pablum for managers with no sense, you said. These books appeal to those who think that their problems - sex, relationships, business, financial, whatever - can all be solved by reading a book that is written at a third grader reader level. But then, that sums up the reading skills of much of the workforce. I have an MBA working for me that cannot spell, nor can she form a simple declarative sentence without using the words um, er, like, and y'know. Her reading skills border on functional illiterate. But by the education establishment's measure she is a success because she has high self esteem.
 
2002-12-27 10:15:40 AM  
My company's CEO and founder bought this book for every single person at our annual meeting... well over 500 employees that year. I didn't find one person that worked in the IT department with me that had actually read it.

The only good thing about it was that each book came with a little foam cheese. To this day, over four years later, every once in awhile a foam cheese fight breaks out! Makes for a great stress relief.

So I think the stupid little foam cheeses did far more good for our company than the actual book...
 
2002-12-27 10:17:06 AM  
The last company I worked for gave us all this book as a Christmas gift and then fired us all in Feb.
 
2002-12-27 10:17:31 AM  
Huh. I had never heard of this book before. Of course, I don't work in the for-profit sector and it's things like this that make me not want to. When I was still in college, I worked summers at a manufacturing plant and it seems to me that when management starts getting bent out of shape about "low morale" or "low productivity," it's usually management's fault for being a bunch of pricks or just plain stupid. There are always a few bad apple employees, but when those types of problems are widespread you can almost guarantee it's management's fault. Now, which one of you bastards stole my cheese?
 
2002-12-27 10:17:31 AM  
My old boss had a Tony Robbins desk calendar and would e mail our group the motivational quote of the day. I would delete it before I even opened it.
 
2002-12-27 10:18:06 AM  
I tend to try to keep my boss scared shiatless, so I post various quotes around my cube/veal pen. Quotes from Shakespeare or "The Art of War" or something to keep them off balance...kind of like Ironbar's previous post....
 
2002-12-27 10:18:22 AM  
Maybe they can cut back on layoffs by not making bulk orders of pablum-puking claptrap.
 
2002-12-27 10:19:21 AM  
I know my boss bought me one last year. :(

I got a headache from all the gawdawful managerial 'buzzwords'.
 
2002-12-27 10:20:09 AM  
I received a paperback copy in the mail back in '99, and I've read it a couple times. Next time I were to touch the book, it would be to educate a 4th grader in reading and teaching them the lesson in the book.
 
2002-12-27 10:20:31 AM  
Ironbar - you forget the Art of War by Sun Tzu.
 
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