(Part of the “Books Every Church Leader Should Read” series)
Everyone deals with change in different ways. Some people embrace it with gusto, some people fight it with every ounce of strength that they possess. However, the truth remains the same, no matter if your an embracer or a fighter, change is going to happen.
The difference from leadership and church leadership is that the change you deal with is going to be felt by a bunch of both types of people.
I’m sure everyone can tell a story when we tried to change things for, what we thought, the better. Yet, had a train wreck of a collision between the fighters and embracers, and all the force came back on you.
You might as well admit it, sometimes you’re an embracer and sometimes you’re a fighter. Learning how to instigate change and deal with change successfully is paramount for a good leader, especially in a church setting.
This book follows the story of two mice and two, mice-sized, humans that live in a maze. One day, someone moves their cheese and the author explores the different ways each reacts to the change in their environment and habits.
Check this book out. Someone gave it to me a long time ago and I’m glad they did. Buy it from Amazon.
The following is from Amazon.com
Book DescriptionPublication Date: September 8, 1998With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change–an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable.Most people are fearful of change because they don’t believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.
When the Y2K panic gripped the corporate realm before the new millenium, most work environments finally recognized the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. And businesses realized that this was not enough: they needed to help people get ready, too.
Spencer Johnson has created his new book to do just that. The coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager has written a deceptively simple story with a dramatically important message that can radically alter the way we cope with change. Who Moved My Cheese? allows for common themes to become topics for discussion and individual interpretation.
Who Moved My Cheese? takes the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and shows people a simple way to successfully deal with the changing times, providing them with a method for moving ahead with their work and lives safely and effectively.