Who Moved My Cheese? : An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Paperback
Who Moved My Cheese? is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.
Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life - whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or spirital peace of mind. And the maze is where you look for what you want - the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in.
This profound book from bestselling author, Spencer Johnson, will show you how to anticipate change, adapt to change quickly, enjoy change and be ready to change quickly again and again.
Discover the secret for yourself and learn how to deal with change, so that you suffer from less stress and enjoy more success in your work and in life.
Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 96 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/03/1999
- Category: Advice on careers & achieving success
- ISBN: 9780091816971
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Review by wyvernfriend
An interesting look at how change affects us and those around us, somewhat simplistic but it does emphasise embracing the new and leaving what's not working behind, whether that's in life or work. It doesn't really look at some of the complicated reasons people don't move with change and it paints anyone who doesn't as backward and not embracing change, but sometimes change for change's sake isn't necessarily a good thing.
Review by Steve55
The subtitle ‘An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and In Your Life’ is a little spurious. This is a simple book that will take less than one hour to read from cover to cover. On the basis of a word count, or if you’re looking for a management book with answers, this will score very poorly. However that’s not what the book sets out to do.It presents a rather whimsical story of life for two mice and two small people in a maze. The maze represents the environment for change with unknown futures and the accompanying fears. The four characters are used to represent different attitudes to change. The mice Sniff and Scurry represent the fairly straight forward reactive approach to change. As mice they’re not credited with great intelligence but when their source of cheese is moved, react by setting off to find new cheese supplies. The little people, Hem and Haw, are credited with the intelligence of men which in many ways provides a hindrance to their ability to change. When their cheese is moved their ‘intelligent’ response leads to a wide range of reactions including denial, recrimination and resentment which disables their ability to set off to seek new cheese. Gradually Haw comes to terms with the need for change and the contrast with Hem is used to illustrate how fear of change can be disabling and how this fear might be overcome.This simple story illuminates a range of responses to change and provides four different characters to illustrate these response types. These types are inevitably presented in simple forms and can’t deal with the complexity of real change. That isn’t the purpose of the book and is indeed its strength. The four characters provide a vocabulary that many will find useful in describing their, and their colleagues, reaction to change. The approach taken to make that vocabulary accessible is to make the story simple so that the book can be quickly read and passed on to spread the word. The book is so easy to read that I can imagine it being passed on to a colleague to be read in the next hour and moving through a team in a day, rather than languishing in an in-tray for three months awaiting spare time that will never arrive.If you approach this as another pebble to be tossed into the pool of your ideas. It’s a small pebble but for many a very useful one. It is very accessible and might provide new thoughts, images and vocabulary with which to describe and most importantly share ideas on change. It doesn’t have the answers but no book ever can. People have the answers and the aim of this book is to encourage them to set off to look for their answers, their new cheese.
Review by markdeo
Good Motivational book. Yes, very simple and straight forward, but one can learn lessons and a bit about mindset reading through this very quick read.
Review by elliepotten
Honestly? I hated it - I thought it was a load of self-indulgent bullsh*t (and I don't often take so strongly against a book!). Only the middle section – the actual story, of two pairs of mice and their experiences trying to find cheese in a maze – is remotely worth reading. The rest is just badly dramatized twaddle extolling the virtues of the book, the accompanying self-help programme, and its miraculous capacity to, apparently, improve everyone’s lives. I felt like screaming, 'Advertise on your own time, not mine!'The story is simply an allegory for the way the simple and complex parts of our brain process change, and how we can learn to adapt and look forward rather than backwards in our lives. It is, however, a bit TOO simple to be applied to every problem in life, and should definitely be taken with a large pinch of salt.
Review by stevepugh
The section on the Wikipedia entry for this book labeled Criticism starts "Some managers are known to mass-distribute copies of the book to employees, some of whom see this as an insult"... Patronising, poorly written and full of laboured analogies. The vast number of trees used to produce the many, many copies of this book that have bafflingly been sold is shocking to think about.
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