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Who Moved My Cheese? Written by Spencer Johnson book is part of a compendium of short business books Ken Blanchard and Johnson have written together. The One Minute Manager, perhaps one of the more familiar ones. Who Moved My Cheese is about adapting to change, as told by two tiny people named Hem & Haw, and two mice Sniff and Scurry and
large amounts of cheese. If at this point you’re saying “what the?” take it up with Johnson who wrote the book.
The key is the book is about adapting to change. Something that the people in Lordstown Ohio are not doing based on Heather Long’s WaPo article; From $22 an hour to $11: GM job cuts in Ohio show a hot economy is still leaving parts of America behind. Consider the following:
Mezzapeso earned $22 an hour with good benefits at Magna, a GM supplier that made seats for the Chevy Cruze, but he was laid off last summer as the auto giant scaled back Cruze production and suppliers did the same. Now he makes $11 an hour working part-time at Bruno Bros. Pizza, the only job he has found after months of sending out his résumé.
“To be 100 percent honest, I thought I would be laid off for a few months and then go back to work,” Mezzapeso said. “At 47, I’m too old to go back to school.”
Frankly, Mezzapeso comment “I’m too old to go back to school” was a bit surprising as was the following:
Many workers echo Mezzapeso’s sentiments that they are too old to go back to school or that they tried but found the classes overwhelming.
When Mike Bajnok lost his $30-an-hour GM job last summer, he followed the state of Ohio’s advice and used TAA to enroll in a program to become a “CNC machinist,” a worker who can set up and operate specialized heavy machinery.
He quit after the first week.
“I just didn’t get it. From Day One, I was lost,” says Bajnok, who is 58. “The instructor told us to put in the flash drive. My skills are so bad, I had to ask him how to do that.”
Moving to another GM factory in Tennessee, Michigan or Indiana, as the company said many workers can do, does not seem like a good option, either. Bajnok lives with his parents, who are 86 and 91, and takes care of them. His two daughters and grandchildren are also here, making uprooting hard. He hopes GM will reopen this plant.
“I’m too old to go back to school;” “I didn’t get it,” “hope GM will reopen the plant.” One has to ask in what world are these people living? With the examples of individuals like Larry Johnson who went back to school and getting college degrees, how does one have the temerity to say they are too old at 47 and 58 when 66-year-old Larry Johnson did?
Mr. Bajnok threw in the towel hoping the plant will reopen ignoring the fact GM has decided “it no longer wants to make small cars such as the Cruze in the United States. GM is moving
Sorry, Mr. Bajnok, GM is not going to reopen the plant and bring you back.