- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion; Reprinted Ed edition (4 Mar. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091816971
- ISBN-13: 978-0091816971
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 0.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (533 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Paperback – 4 Mar 1999
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Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice, non-analytical and non-judgmental; they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are "little people", mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It's not just sustenance to them; it's their self-image. Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they've found. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods--our jobs, our career paths, the industries we work in--although it can stand for anything, from health to relationships. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.
Dr. Johnson, co-author of The One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organisations--anywhere where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and sceptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all natural history in just 94 pages: things change. They always have changed and always will change. And while there's no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won't happen is always the same: the cheese runs out. --Lou Schuler, Amazon.com
"One of the most successful business books ever" (Daily Telegraph)
"Dr. Johnson has the rare ability to be interesting, provocative and succinct. My admiration is complete." (Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking)
"It leaves you feeling upbeat, and excited, and ready to go out and find your own cheese." (Better Business)
"A firm favourite with businessfolk" (Daily Mirror)
"highly influential" (Financial Times magazine)
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It's a very simple book - you'll read it quickly - but it delivers a a fundamental and very important rule in life. That you have to move with change of be left behind. The world changes and we have to change with it - we have no other choice if we want to thrive.
Some of the people and reviewers here may sniff at this lesson and say it's obvious - but lots of people don't adhere to this rule and for me it made it clear. No one had taught me that. No one had told me this little nugget of info. But this book did, and for that I'll always be greatful.It is true though, as one reviewer put it, now you've read this review you don't need to read the book - lol. But is cute and quirky and delivers the message in an easily digestible way (cheese pun added and then thought better of and removed at this point).
Do I still hate it when things change?: yes
Do I still moan when new procedures are put in place at work?: yes
Do I still hate computers and pine for the slower pace of life before them?: yes
...but now I realise there is nothing I can do to fight the tide and best thing I can do is just get on with it.
A great book for teenagers or people going through an upheavel in their life. It's one of those books I'll never forget, but purely for the lesson it taught me.
The problem with using parables as a teaching mechanism is that some people can be entranced by the story but just read it at the surface level. "Who Moved My Cheese?" solves this problem by having the story sandwiched between two reflections.
The first is following a school reunion when one person asks "why is it so difficult to adapt to change" and another says that they struggle until they'd heard a little story, which he then tells the group.
The main story is then followed by a discussion about what they'd learnt from the "Who Moved My Cheese?" parable and how when they faced change before, they had fallen back into some of the characters.
This book only takes about an hour to read but it is an hour well spent. It has some powerful lessons to help you look for change as is occurs and then by showing the futility of doing nothing, it helps you to prepare for and embrace change.
But it is only a book and it does make you question what is going on but perhaps the questions should have been opened out even further.
I rate "Who Moved My Cheese?" as a four star book and recommended for reading. It certainly helps you with the "what to do" and "what not to do" when you are faced with change.
People who are 'mice' and who run around a 'maze' hoping to find 'cheese' will love this book. But the time comes to grow up; that's the change that this book does not acknowledge and embrace. Not all change is good, not all change is bad. Change is change, it is the nature of the world. Nothing stays the same. This is a 'feel good' book. Those 'mice' that have been fortunate enough to escape unwanted change can patronizingly offer it to the unlucky ones and feel that they have discharged their responsibility. Unlucky 'mice' can read it and feel better - like a child who is abused being given a sweet by the abuser. I suppose if you are starving you can always try eating this book.
There are practical things that can be done if you do not like the way things have turned out but they have to be specific to the change. There is no magic formula, no Holy Grail, no 'Popeye's Spinach' to help you when things go pear shaped.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book to make you think about your life and the lives of those around you. It's an easy read, but you get a lot from it. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Handy
A patronising book for management numpties. These books for managers give a real insight into the reasons why some of our 'leaders' are so mediocre. The Dilbert Principle at work.Published 1 day ago by gsum
Fantastic book make should feel empowered and gives you the right direction when looking at sales etcPublished 12 days ago by Connel McEachran
Quality book. I recommend it to anyone that is worried or even thinking about a change they want to make in their life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Amazon Customer