I managed to get my hands on a couple of classic “management reading” books a few days ago. These are:
- Who moved My Cheese: A timeless allegory reveals profound truths to individuals and organizations dealing with change. We each live in a “Maze”, a metaphor for the companies or organizations we work with, the communities we live in, the families we love places where we look for the things we want in life, “Cheese”. It may be an enjoyable career, loving relationships, wealth, or spiritual peace of mind. With time and experience, one character eventually succeeds and even prospers from the change in his “Maze”.In an effort to share what he has learned along the way, he records his personal discoveries on the maze walls, the “Handwriting on the Wall”. Likewise, when we begin to see the “writing on the wall”, we discover the simplicity and necessity of adapting to change.
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: A a self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey. It has sold over 15 million copies in 38 languages since first publication, which was marked by the release of a 15th anniversary edition in 2004. The book lists seven principles that, if established as habits, are supposed to help a person achieve true interdependent effectiveness. Covey argues this is achieved by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles of a character ethic that he believes to be universal and timeless.
They’re two books I’ve been meaning to read for some time and thanks to a trial offered by US Unlocked, a service that allows you to shop in the US and get your products delivered to Europe, I’ve managed to acquire these books for my library. It’s a great service that provides you with a US based payment card and US based address so you can buy anything from microprocessors to grow lights and have them shipped all the way to your home.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to some reading time this weekend!