May 19, 2010

Staff Picks: Metamorphosis

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 7:37 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Last weekend on a little airplane ride, I brought along a book to read with me  (as I do every time my feet leave the earth).  In this case, during my travels, I engaged myself in the short story by Franz Kafka called The Metamorphosis.

The story itself is not very long, just three chapters - but the thought behind this story (that was penned almost a hundred years ago) still resonates in todays culture.  But, I cannot and will not talk too much in depth about this story, because, gentle readers, you should just get a copy and read it.  I will say this: What Kafka brings into ones consciousness about what a job can do to ones soul is gut wrenching.  What causes people to transform, or fee that they must?

Kafka was breaking down walls about how we should live our lives and how we work.  How we perceive ourselves and how other see us.  In short, it's an amazing piece of literature.  The essays that follow the story are also worth checking out.  And if you have a couple hour round-trip flight, it's the perfect distraction.

Happy reading! Oh, and safe travels!

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.