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Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Spencer Johnson , Kenneth Blanchard
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,435 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change--an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable.Most people are fearful of change because they don't believe they have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Spencer Johnson shows us that what matters most is the attitude we have about change.When the Y2K panic gripped the corporate realm before the new millenium, most work environments finally recognized the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. And businesses realized that this was not enough: they needed to help people get ready, too. Spencer Johnson has created his new book to do just that. The coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager has written a deceptively simple story with a dramatically important message that can radically alter the way we cope with change. Who Moved My Cheese? allows for common themes to become topics for discussion and individual interpretation. Who Moved My Cheese? takes the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and shows people a simple way to successfully deal with the changing times, providing them with a method for moving ahead with their work and lives safely and effectively.










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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--nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are "littlepeople," 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, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organizations--anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and skeptical 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

From Library Journal

This is a brief tale of two mice and two humans who live in a maze and one day are faced with change: someone moves their cheese. Reactions vary from quick adjustment to waiting for the situation to change by itself to suit their needs. This story is about adjusting attitudes toward change in life, especially at work. Change occurs whether a person is ready or not, but the author affirms that it can be positive. His principles are to anticipate change, let go of the old, and do what you would do if you were not afraid. Listeners are still left with questions about making his or her own specific personal changes. Capably narrated by Tony Roberts, this audiotape is recommended for larger public library collections.AMark Guyer, Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 350 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0399144463
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1 edition (September 8, 1998)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CR6AM4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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543 of 638 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lemmings, hurtling over the cliff's edge August 30, 2000
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the WORST business book I have ever read. The intent behind it is valid, but the content can be summed up in a few statements:
Change will happen
If you don't change, you will die (figuratively or literally)
Watch for signs of change, so you can be prepared to change, too
Change is good, and can lead to something better
There. Do you feel like paying me [good money] for that priceless knowledge?
This is a parable, which means they dressed up the real content by writing a goofy story about mice and little people, taking up more pages so they could justify the cost. Unfortunately, they could only drag the story out so far (how many times can you read, "and he kept walking and looking for more cheese"). The book was still only about 20 pages long, too short for a hardcover, so they added a second story to frame the parable itself. The second story is about a group at a reunion that talks about the book. Even THAT doesn't add enough pages to justify printing it in hardcover, so they increased the print size to roughly what you see in books for 3 year olds.
The author, publisher and whoever else was involved in this moneymaking scheme obviously recognized that many people would see through their efforts. Their solution? Put in a statement saying, in effect, "If you think this book isn't worthwhile, then you aren't a talented, cutting edge business person like all the other who read the book are."
Believe me, someone in your office (probably your boss) is waving this book around, exclaiming how wonderful it is and telling you to read it. ASK IF YOU CAN BORROW HIS COPY. Do not spend money on it yourself. You're going to have to read it, unfortunately, because the herd has spoken and you can't stray from the herd.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Berenstein Bears of Self-Help Strike Again January 9, 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book truly is a-maze-ing. Let me elaborate: The actual text starts on page 27, and the book ends on page 94. The text is 14-point font. Every other page consists of either a single paragraph or a huge wedge of Cheese with a beat-me-over-the-head-with-a-cheese-wedge observation posing as insight. ...and is a BEST SELLER! I don't know who that speaks worse of, the shysters posing as shrinks or the general public posing as Pavlov's dogs.
Not only is the price highway robbery, but the concept is blatantly abusive. The premise of the story is a group of friends at a reunion, one of whom revolutionized his whole company with this story and is passing it along. He emphasizes how the whole company laughed at the corporate executive who felt this story was a waste of time and nicknamed him "Hem", the character who refuses to change. He also mentioned he had to let go the people who refused to change--i.e. the people who did not like the story. TRANSLATION: "If you think this book is a waste of time, then you are an idiot and will be mocked and destroyed while others succeed in your wake."
This book certainly is a waste of time, but not too much time. But it's still a pretty expensive way to spend a half-hour.
On a final note, this is an actual line from the book:
"Hem and Haw continued to hem and haw."
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229 of 269 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A piece of cheese January 21, 2004
Format:Hardcover
Contrary to what many negative reviews said about it, this book does not compare us to mice, but to dwarfs; after all, the hero of the parable is Haw, a dwarf that learned to "adapt and enjoy the change".
Hem and Haw are two dwarfs looking for cheese in a maze, and eventually they find a place that seems to replenish itself with cheese from one day to the next. Haw starts agreeing with his pal Hem, who is confortable where he is, and both do not understand when the cheese disappears and get frustrated and a little confused. Then Haw asks himself how could he be any worse if he just went looking for another piece of cheese through the labyrinth again. Little by little he starts convincing himself that to invite change, to not be afraid of change, to visualize your goal (the new chunk of cheese), and to be fueled not by fear but by hope of achieving what you want is the best thing one can do. Hem stays behind, moaning and moping, complaining of the unfairness of the situation, that he deserved the cheese, that he won't like any new brand of cheese that Haw may find - that is, if he finds it at all. Of course Haw finds a new place with not one, but many types of cheese, but by now he has learned not to trust permanence, and actually enjoy change. He even tries to convince Hem to give up the expectation that the old cheese will reappear, and to come along with him to this new section of the maze that has all this cheese, but alas, Hem does not change, and stays where he is.
What the book does not state, in any part of it, is that changes may be a bad thing.
Any normal human being knows that. Sometimes even when we adapt, and try our best to accept that things change, we still get failures. And sometimes things should not be adapted, because that will make the situation worse than it is.
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441 of 523 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Inappropriate and Pointless August 27, 2003
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be yet another one of those books churned out by the machines of middle management, and handed down to the employee. Most of these books BECOME best sellers because they are sold in bulk to corporations for pennies on the dollar. Notice how this book has "companion" pieces of merchandise, like games, a web site, and training seminars? They are selling a complete product line to ineffective management, and look at the book as more of a large business card/advertisement.
This becomes evident when you read the stories and parables that surprise me that it took two authors to write only 96 pages. The writing is haphazard, poorly edited, unhelpful, sends mixed signals, and boils down to a rather insensitive "Things change, get used to it, change or you will die. Now keep moving." I would never give this to an employee, because that would be like giving an employee a stick of deodorant and wondering why they've stopped talking to you. This book does not care about the reader, and if I got it, I'd think, "Is my boss telling me to move on?" Comparing people to mice, and life's goals to cheese is patronizing to anyone with a sense of self-awareness. The motivational parables are generic, and seem out of place to the rest of the scare tactic this book is.
There are better motivational books out there that are written by experienced people who have good ideas that are helpful, not doom-obsessed. This book is more of a poke in the back with a sharp stick than a carrot on the end of s string, or a light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, this book might as well say, "You better not go to the light at the end of the tunnel, it could go away at any moment, and then where will you be?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Real fun book!
Published 17 hours ago by Maria
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book but it ended up being a great read. I highly recommend this book to anyone
Published 1 day ago by geebike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun, easy, educational read!
Published 1 day ago by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick read but a profound impact!
A great little story about how one should embrace change. It was a quick read for me, I could co-relate most of the fictional situations in the book with real life situations! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sriranga
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational. I made a change in my life due ...
Inspirational. I made a change in my life due to this book.
Published 3 days ago by dee henry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very simple read but helps but things in perspective for a person that has difficulty with change.
Published 3 days ago by Angela Ingalls
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was recommended to me by someone I was interning for
This book was recommended to me by someone I was interning for. Quick read and a great perspective on keeping you active in life.
Published 5 days ago by Danielle Leisten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Recommend to anyone!
Published 5 days ago by Meghan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
This book helped me deal with a major change in my life. It was recommended by a friend and it was spot on. Read more
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This is a must read book.
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Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

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