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

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


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Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson


A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parabel to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.

It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze.
If the same old routines worked.
If they'd just stop moving "The Cheese."
But things keep changing...

Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don't have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.

Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399144462
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 859
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is the originator of The One Minute Manager System™ and co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The One Minute Manager®, The One Minute Sales Person, and One Minute for Myself. His other bestsellers include Who Moved My Cheese?; The Precious Present; and Yes or No: The Guide to Better Decisions.

Called “The King of Parables” by USA Today, Dr. Johnson is often referred to as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work. He received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and medical clerkships at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic. There are over 50 million copies of his books in print worldwide in 47 languages.

Few names are as recognized in American business as Ken Blanchard’s. His One Minute Manager® Library has sold millions of copies and been translated into more than twenty languages, and he has written or co-authored a number of other popular books as well. Ken is a captivating and sought-after speaker and business consultant, who has shared his unique approach with a multitude of Fortune 500 companies.

Ken has received many awards in management and leadership. He has won the National Speakers Association’s highest honor, the “Council of Peers Award for Excellence,” and the Golden Gavel from Toastmasters International, and was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame.

Date of Birth:

January 1, 1940

Place of Birth:

South Dakota


B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short story about 2 mice and 2 'little people' in a maze looking for cheese.

Of course 'cheese' is just a metaphor for what you want in life (such as money, the ideal job), and the 'maze' represents where you are looking for what you want (such as your family, an organization). As the story goes, one of the characters (Haw) learns to deal with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze wall. In this way, the reader gets the main points in the book and can learn too how to deal with life's changes.

A little book that is big on wisdom, many should find it entertaining and useful. Also recommended The Sixty-Second Motivator -another short story that is to the point and practical
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may very well be the stupidest book a human has ever written. It is condescending and an enormous rip-off. It certainly does not even come close to deserving the praise given to it. The reviewers must have felt such immense relief to finally finish the book, that it skewed their judgment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My workplace required this book to be read by all of us mice after they moved our cheese. What they did was lower our pay and added more responsibilities to our jobs. At the same time they restructured and fired all those that were not pulling their weight or voiced their opinions. As a scare tactic perhaps? Its a book that tries to make you understand change and to deal better with changes that you have no control over. Did it help? Not really! I'm still bitter but I have a job...yea me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me as a very inspiring book geared to those unhappy in their current careers. I however found no inspiration whatsoever and am totally confused at the high ratings this book recieves. This entire book, written in a childlike, condescending manner, completely states the obvious, offers no inspiration, doesn't give any helpful tips, and you could basically see where this book was going after about the first page. I found myself rolling my eyes many times during the quick and dumbed down read. Yes I know I need to "find new cheese" when it starts to disappear and that the "cheese" isn't going to magically re-appear. Yes I know it takes hard work, dedication and it isn't always going to be easy. Isn't that what we are taught from a very early age. But reading a ridiculous book about mice running through a maze wearing track suits and sneakers tied around their necks while they find rooms of cheese is not helping me in my quest to find work that I love, or, despite that fact that I know I need to, inspiring me to get out there into that so called maze. The only thing this book did for me was wish I had spent my money on something else. On the other hand I can see this book helpful in teaching young children about what lies ahead for them in the working world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story was just interesting enough to avoid a single star rating. The author made me feel like if this wasn't life altering to me than I didn't get it. Well I got it, I just didn't need to spend 20 bucks on a kids book to figure out the obvious. I can't believe this story will be helpful to most people. If curiosity gets the better of you and you feel you must read this book then go to the library. This book is a quick read and is more useful as a fire starter or compost for your garden.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A metaphor for the Enron/Worldcom generation of managers. Shows managers how not to worry and focus on exploiting their current situation without contributing anything, all the while searching for their next opportunity. Simplistic, but has obvious curb appeal for managers who are poor leaders. Sends the message 'get along by going along.' None of the characters in the book show a shred of leadership. I can hard think of a worse example I would want people to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, let's get some facts straight here.... First: Change is good. Actually, that depends on the person and the type of change. If you are unhappy with your job, does that mean that quitting and changing is a good thing? NO! In today's society, it is not easy to change jobs, let alone vocations. In most instances, that job is the one thing that is sustaining a family, and giving it up for the sake of change could result in more harm than good. Second: Change is bad: Again, this depends on the situation. When I wrote Strike Hard ..., it signaled a change in my life, and the life of my family. Was it bad? Absolutely not! No one has been harmed by this, and many people have been able to benefit from it. (people gain enjoyment from reading it, my publisher sells it, etc.) It has had a resounding effect of changing my life, but for the better. All in all, I would agree with some of the other reviews on here and recommend that you not waste your money. There is nothing in this that isn't learned from living your life day-by-day. It has been mentioned that some employers are requiring this to be reading material of employees. In that case, I would recommend a change---a change of employers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'parable' is cute, but the lesson is painfully obvious. Adapting to change is better than staying in an impossible situation. There, I just save you at least $12! Please do not waste your money on this book- I read it in ten minutes standing in the bookstore. The font is large, each page has two inch margins top and bottom, and every few pages there is a full-page illustration. In essence, this is a two-page anecdote, fluffed up and filled with redundant passages, to fill a mere 94 pages. This book is a marvel of marketing--how to take the flimsiest of ideas and make tons of money- and therein lies the true lesson.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, this book is way to expensive for it's content. Second, I was offended by the 'See Dick run' size of the print and the pictures that were drawn as if by a child. The message in the book is everything you have already heard if you ever worked for a decent size corporation. Please leaf through this book before purchasing. You may just be able to finish it in a bookstore in about an hour or two.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are seeking self-help books that teach coping with change, buy a book other than this. This book teaches blind compliance rather than providing tools for effective change management. It treats the reader like a child in both form and substance. It is condescendingly written and uses giant fonts and plenty of white space to fill it¿s 100-pages. No one should waste his/her money on this book.
ResearchGuy More than 1 year ago
This audio book begins with an engaging introduction by Johnson with Ken Blanchard, who has written the foreword to Johnson's book. The subtitle focuses the book's intention: "An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life." This audio version is a full text of the creative allegory of the challenge of dealing with change in the workplace. Blanchard (PhD) and Johnson (MD) are co-authors of The One Minute Manager, which has become "the world's most popular management method." The pleasant and expressive voice of Tony Roberts reads the active text of the book to us, telling the story of two little mice named Hem and Haw and their friends, Sniff and Scurry. The allegory develops as Hem and Haw become settled in their comfortable home in a wealthy home. Hem and Haw planned and used their great intelligence to find cheese in the maze in which they all lived. Sniff and Scurry found cheese more by trial and error, remembering the productive lanes and nooks hiding the cheese. Hem and Haw find a plenteous and regular supply of cheese at "Cheese Station C." Hem and Haw became accustomed to the easy life with the supply of plenty of cheese and were able to organize their life comfortably. As Hem and Haw become more affluent and comfortable, they begin to look down on their hard-working neighbors Sniff and Scurry. But the smart mice Hem and Haw mapped out the places they had found cheese, so they had to work less and less to get food every day. They became complacent, until one day they went on a trip, then came one day to find no cheese at their "Cheese Station C." Sniff and Scurry had also been gathering some cheese from Cheese Station C, but they had noticed that the cheese supply there had been diminishing. Now that there was no more cheese, it was nothing to them. They shifted their strategy and returned to their industrious pattern of looking in various places. But Hem and Haw were not that flexible. They had not developed foraging techniques, so were at a loss. They continued going to look for cheese at the same cheese station, but finally it was clear cheese was no longer to be found at Cheese Station C. The way they finally work out a solution spins out the possibilities of learning how to deal with the traumatic change in their situation. The body of the story is this parable of the cheese, which is then discussed in a dialogue by business colleagues to evaluate their various businesses. Cheese is the focus then for whatever they as individuals or the company wants. This works on a personal or a corporate level. The Maze that was home to Hem and Haw represents the places you looks for what you want. This could be an organization, the family, the community or the market. This is an enjoyable little story and the debriefing dialogue of the human characters is realistic. It is a pleasant experience and provides insights or at least an interesting review of the approaches to change. The story provides an opportunity for self-evaluation on how one meets change. Since this story is an allegory, this audio book is an excellent way to get the story. The superb reading stimulates the mind to conjure up vivid images to enjoy the visual story in your head!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is GARBAGE! It is overly simplistic and is grossly misunderstood and used as a tool to avoid treating people with respect. Remember the Disney film 'The Lion King' when Poombah, the warthog, declares 'You've got to put your past behind you'....that's the philosophy here. Disregard anything bad that happens and let it go...it is past history. According to this book, the employees and stockholders of Enron and WorldCom should not waste time asking 'why' and just move onto finding the next source of cheese. How convenient for the people who are responsible for those messes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the dumbest book in the world. Sounds like it was written by a 10 year old. I literally read it in 20 minutes and I cant believe i just spent 16 dollars on this. Im so disappointed.
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Yes, the concept of change ("cheese") is one that should he taught, but the book is a waste of money. It is not an insightful read at all. It was as if this book was written by a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Fu&#1ck you, Ace!"
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I had a "manager" hand this to our entire group insinuating in no uncertain terms that we would enjoy it (or else, presumably). After wasting 30 minutes torturing my brain with this banal and patronizing drivel, I spent the next few hours trying to decide if he was that big an idiot or if he thought I was. I couldn't help wondering out loud why the mice/people didn't just wait until whoever was running the experiment leaned over to remove the cheese and then leap up, scratch their eyes out and make a break for it, gorging themselves on cheese on the way out. There! In one stroke I got my cheese and made sure it didn't get moved again! The underlying metaphor that employees are just rats in a corporate experiment that tests their capacity for stress and uncertainty is cruel and disgusting. Rubbing their face in it is just plain sick. The idea that the tortured should respond with "Thank you sir, may I have another?," is insulting. Why stop at the corporate level? I bet starving children in war and drought ravaged countries would be cheered to know that they just need to adjust to change better and all would be right again. Let's look at the metaphor from the other side. Somewhere, the experimenters (who else builds a maze for rats) have a stockpile of cheese, that they dole out a bit at a time, occasionally moving it from place to place, just to make sure their rats stay just busy enough to worry about getting a tiny bit of cheese, but too hungry and worried to fix the situation (by, say unionizing or getting a job where they are valued). It's Animal Farm written from the pig's perspective (minus any literate value). This is the book management hands you just before they cut your pay, double your workload or let you go. It's supposed to make you culpable instead of angry. If you get handed a copy, check your back for stab wounds. I can't decide what is more disturbing; that fact that this "book" was published with a straight face or the fact that so many people seem to take it seriously. If you enjoyed this book, good for you. But you should probably not answer any emails from distressed Nigerian princes.
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Great book
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Balls this
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