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Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life [Hardcover]

Spencer Johnson
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Book Description

31 Dec 1997

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 94 pages
  • Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (31 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399144463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399144462
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the leading authors of inspirational writing in the world. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide bestseller Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in forty languages.

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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, --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"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) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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69 of 75 people found the following review helpful
This book was given to me to read when I was younger - I must have been in my early 20's and going through a very rough patch in my life at the time, and a friend gave me it to read. And I give it 5 stars not because it's a brilliant read, but because of the important lessons it contains and the way it helped me out of a dark place.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I have lost my faith in cheese. 12 Aug 2013
This is, without doubt, the biggest load of pseudo-psychological twaddle I've had the misfortune to be asked to read. Trite, repetitive, redundant, patronising, tedious and extremely badly written. If one of my children wrote this I would send them to bed without any supper. Truly awful. The "Cheese" is supposed to be whatever you want in life, but in fact the contrived metaphor really only extends as far employment. 39 pages in stating the bleeding obvious.

Do yourself a favour and do something more productive with the 30 minutes it will take you to read this... like pick your nose.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are You a Man or a Mouse? 15 April 2010
The department I was with began to change and panic spread. A course was set up called, 'Dealing With Change'. I attended and found that it really should have been called, "Accepting With Grace Whatever Management Imposes'. When I suggested that one way of dealing with unwanted change was to move on, the facilitator sneeringly reframed this as, 'running away from change'! He seemed incapable of thinking outside the box of tricks he had been provided with. Around that time, people began to wave the cheesy book around like Trotskyite students during the sixties waving 'The Thoughts of Chairman Mao'. When redundancy inevitably loomed, the cheesy bookwavers shrieked far louder than those of us who made a positive move to get out and embrace a change that we could create ourselves.

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.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
I was compelled to write this review after reading some of the bad reviews for this book. I first read this book about five years ago. I was in a job I hated and lived in a town I hated even more! After reading this book it inspired me to put my flat up for rent and move all my furniture and cats back 'home' to my parents where I felt so much happier. Five years later I found myself out of a job and a bit down in my luck so I re-read the book, and even though i still found it a great book to read I realised that the book did not apply to my situation. The book is about being stuck in a rut and having the imputus to change to get out of it. It's not about confidence and how to get a new job! Hope that makes sense!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the 'mature' among you! 15 Nov 2012
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If you have never experienced change, particularly change you weren't expecting, or change which took something important away, then this book will highlight the basics, and I mean the basics, of what you will need to be resilient, find a new path and a positive attitude again. That's if you can put up with the cheese-laden story on the way (the good news is that the book is thin and will take less than an hour to read, and the only content is the cheese story plus a few people sitting round discussing what it might mean...).

If you have experienced change and are hoping to find out what insights other people can give into change, then do not buy this book - you are already too mature.

For anyone who knows a little about change, you already know more than this book can tell you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, small and to the point
It's a very simple story, almost bed-time story like with a logic so simple that you would ask yourself why didn't you think like this from the start!
Published 4 days ago by Nam Cheah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Fab book especially if your facing redundancy or something big in your life is about to change. Very inspiring.
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Published 9 days ago by Mrs Amanda Jarvis
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
You are very likely to find yourself in this book. It could enable you to see a difficult situation from a different angle. Read more
Published 15 days ago by apc
5.0 out of 5 stars easy read great message.
this book easily illustrates the a simple but crippling condition that kills many people. if you aren't great with change this book may be for you.
Published 17 days ago by Kevin randall
5.0 out of 5 stars V Good
Not a big fan of self help books, but it made sense and even better for not being too long.
Published 18 days ago by SAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
I have a own a copy and I purchased a copy for my son as loved to read this book.
Published 24 days ago by Rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 days after a heart attack..............
So there I was at 36 years old, fit, just had my first child, top of my tree at work....bang heart attack! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Craig Storton
5.0 out of 5 stars Most effective book ever
Read it! Many times! Anytime.
Specially if you have dreams but you are too cozy to keep them in your mind :)
Published 28 days ago by Nerpus
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Great book, small but effective for managing changes. It makes you realise you have to move on in life no matter the disappointing you might have recently gone through.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab little book
Fab little book and very relevant to an assignment around change.
However, not only will it help with my assignmnet, but is a good eye opener to reality and the fact that life... Read more
Published 1 month ago by longleat
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