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"Memorable....gratifying and good fun." (AudioFile)
I read this book 7 years ago, listened to it 4 years ago, and listened to it again last night. I always have the same first impression within the first 15 minutes - this is ridiculous. Why am I listening to this cheesy story about mice and little people wearing track suits in a maze? But as I soldier on, I have to empathize with many of the little comments and scenarios and am always glad I finished the book. I honestly think I should listen to this book every 6 months (or monthly, because that seems to be how often I get blind-sided by change at work!)
In addition to the story, I appreciate listening to the comments and realizing thousands of other people are getting bombarded and stressed out by constant changes as well. That touch of insight alone makes this short listen a very good investment.
This book has been passed around my office for the 10 few years and now it has reached my desk. Working in my division, you see constant changes in management and among your peers. As a supervisor, this book help me prepare my subordinates for changes in the office as well as in life. I even bought the childrens version for my teenagers. This book has become a life lesson for myself and my family and from us it receives much applauds.
This is a total must read for everyone including kids. My seven year old has listened to the story and we talk about it often. It has helped her cope with all of the changes in our lives recently including a big move, changing schools and jobs. It gives her a frame of reference of how to properly deal with her insecurity. And, me too.
I heard a lot about this book, and even had it in paperback, but never took the time to read it, so I decided to listen to it instead. It is a cute story, and delivers a very important message in a very delicate way. But, you can get the message in about 1/3 the time, and don't need to listen to the entire book to learn it.
This was interesting, but not life changing for me. When I talked to other people about how they related it to personal relationships, getting older and not using new technology, staying at home watching t.v. instead of learning a new sport or hobby, reading the same kind of books year after year, etc. Lesson here: DON'T STAGNATE EVER !!! Those who keep changing with the flow of life, enjoy life and prosper.
I had heard about this fabled bestselling book for so many years that I finally had to try it and was astonished. It is a children's story condescendingly told like Mr. Rogers reading a bedtime story to children. Any contemporary business professional who needs this Mother Goose approach to understand organizational change is in pretty sad shape.
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