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1.0 out of 5 stars Very Inappropriate and Pointless, August 27, 2003
This review is from: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (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?" Like another reviewer here said, "[the book] offers no answer other than you've got to go out and find more 'cheese" for yourself.'" Anyone who has reached the age of adulthood, and doesn't realize that change is inevitable will certainly never get the message from this book. And those that do know will only think this book is redundant and almost encouraging bitterness. I don't know what the point of this book really is, except as some sort of gloomy pap.
This book is already mostly used up, and will never be remembered like Zig Ziglar or Thomas Harris. Scout around, and find some older books, by successful people (like people who have actually succeeded in life that you have heard of), that have been around for a while. People still buy them for a reason.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2010 9:19:41 AM PST
Wm.M.Morgan says:
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Posted on Dec 23, 2010 5:30:23 PM PST
Your's is the best review of the worst book ever written. Bravo!

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 5:30:24 PM PST
Your's is the best review of the worst book ever written. Bravo!

Posted on Feb 25, 2011 4:45:38 PM PST
Doc H says:
I think you are being overly-generous in indicating that this piece of dreck even has a point, peurile as it may be. It was written to cash in; I'm astonished to think that anyone would believe it WOULD make money, and even more astonished to find that it DID! P. T. Barnum was right..."Never underestimate...."

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 1:40:19 PM PDT
J. Levis says:
You say: "There are better motivational books out there that are written by experienced people who have good ideas that are helpful, not doom-obsessed."

Any chance you could name a couple?

Thanks for the excellent review.

Posted on Jul 1, 2011 6:55:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2011 6:56:09 AM PDT
Awww, did someone go and move your cheese?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2011 8:14:13 PM PDT
Michael says:
@ Bird

Shut the heck up.

Posted on Aug 17, 2011 2:34:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2013 7:34:46 PM PST
John says:
I enjoyed reading this review.

To me the most offensive thing about the book is the wishfully preemptive remark on page 23, just as Michael is about to tell his story to his high school reunion-mates: "However there were a few people who said they got nothing out of it." In other words, "If you don't like this story you're one of the twerps."

As Dr. Sowell points out in Basic Economics, the very thing that makes us a modern industrial society so efficient at raising the standard of living --the continuous quest for better ways of getting work done-- makes it impossible to have the same people doing the same jobs in the same way year after year. As this reviewer says, if you haven't figured that by now...

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 6:48:37 PM PDT
John says:
I think you're missing the point. A better message/book might be how to change the corporate world. Although this book is very simple, it does stress an important point. Business changes (rapidly), and if you want to survive you either need to make a change to the company (which most won't), or quickly adapt. And the demeaning comparison to mice is spot on. If you don't think companies look at most of their employees that way then you're not facing reality. Not saying it's good, but it's reality.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 5:54:54 AM PDT
M. Pizzullo says:
"Things change, get used to it, change or you will die. Now keep moving."

You can be as offended as you like at the advice, but it sounds pretty solid. Good advice isn't always "sensitive"...it's just on point.
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