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Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Hardcover – September 8, 1998
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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
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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About 13 years later this reviewer saw an employee with this book (at another firm). He thought to himself, was this book really as bad as he remembered it? After all, he remembered it as one of the most insulting books he had ever read. Perhaps it was just a poor memory (and the years) playing a cruel joke. Hence he decided to re-read it again. Unfortunately, after reading it again, the memories were only found to be correct. This was truly one of the most insulting books this reviewer had to read, never mind having been given as a "gift". This was the case on so many levels.
First of all this "book" is written for 10 year olds, in terms of both style and content.Read more ›
Furthermore, the book's core analogy makes the insulting assumption that employees shouldn't bother with reason or analysis: pure survival instinct is all the CEO wants to see. Real humans in a maze, confronted with vanishing or moving cheese, wouldn't just whine; they'd analyze their situation and find a creative solution, instead of just going back to foraging. Maybe the cheese-deposit mechanism is stuck; maybe the cheese is shifting in a pattern that can be understood; maybe there's a way out of the freakin' maze! "Just accept it and keep moving" is not only a simpleminded philosophy, it's often dead wrong.
Change is not always bad, but it should always be questioned, and opposed if it's harmful. Be a man, not a mouse.
The central theme of the book is that you are a rat in a maze. While that is quite an insight into how companies that give out this book see their employees, it is not wholly accurate. Throughout the course of this "book," it becomes clear that the theme is that you are more stupid than a rat in a maze.
What the book supports is that workers run around like good little mice and find whatever cheese the company sees fit to give them. The company has no responsibility at all to their employees to provide any kind of security, and if the cheese that they deign to give their employees moves, it is their worker's responsibility to keep up or literally perish. The unthinking constant activity of the mice is heralded as the ideal of behavior. In other words, shut up, do what we tell you as fast as you can, and adapt to our changes, or perish.
Change is obviously inevitable, but this book completely ignores your ability to affect change yourself. It is always the "other" moving the cheese instead of moving the cheese yourself. Self-will and determination are completely thrown out the window. It also completely discounts the capability of thinking about the situation to effect positive results; only unthinking reaction is held up for praise.
Anyone who holds this book up as a laudible reflection on change is completely ill-adjusted for the real thing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book with a good lesson.... There are other self help books (Covey, B. Tracy, etc.) that teach this lesson and dozens more in a single book.Published 7 days ago by Mark
Who moved my cheese help me come to terms with some life changes.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful story with a great lesson. Bought it for staff trainingPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
having troouble with lifes curve balls? read this and do what needs to be done to changePublished 18 days ago by Jason T.