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

Spencer Johnson , Kenneth Blanchard
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Jan. 10 2002
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

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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. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Patronizing is a good start April 30 2013
I was handed this book as part of a package when I was laid off. I found it patronizing, the metaphor immature, and overall, it felt very much like an attempt to make it seem like letting me go was doing me a favour.

(Tt was, but that's aside the point of this review.)

In short, if you're an employer contemplating giving this to people you're laying off, or trying to encourage in to performing better or doing different things, be prepared to have it massacre morale, plain and simple. It might be a good book to give to a child, except they would find that it's probably below the children's literature they're used to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bless you Alberto June 30 2004
Yup, Alberto got here got it right. We were handed this book by our manager who knew nothing about his job or ours to get us to toe the party line. It worked. We shut up. Since then employees left in droves and productivity has been sinking ever since! Nice job Cheesies!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless June 29 2004
The unbelievably large number of people who think this is a good book is very scary. I hope these people are not important decision makers. Everything bad that can be said about this book has been said before, so I'll just compile a "Best of" list for you. (By the way, in case you're wondering, "Dr." Johnson's degree is in education.)
Regarding management and corporate American in general
* This book is the cop-out for managers who believe in change for change's sake.
* It's corporate brainwashing of the kind that science fiction writers have been warning us about for decades.
* Never have I come closer to the mind crushing monotony and impersonality of corporate America than when I read this book.
* No, change is not a good thing when it happens on a regular basis. That means upper management can't make up their minds.
* If you are thinking about buying this book, I assume you are a manager of some type
Regarding the intellectual level of the book:
* I have never felt my intelligence more insulted than when reading this.
* It's patronizing, shallow, insipid, and still manages to be patently insulting to those employees who might actually be capable of analytical thought. That's quite a feat.
* Should appeal to intellectually challenged only.
* It is a sad comment on our culture, society, and educational system that so many people have found this inane drivel to be "life-changing".
* (...)BR>* (...).
* Distilling these important matters into the inane parable of mice in a maze is a literary device meant for grade school students.
* The book presents an excellent reading for absolute imbeciles or people high on drugs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LIKE EATING MOLDY KRAFT MACARONI June 3 2002
By A Customer
I'm so glad others out there despise this book as much as I. It was given to all employees at my company a month before we were told no one was getting an annual bonus this year. (Coincidence? I think not.) Our CEO claimed it was the best thing he's ever read. Ever feel like you work for an idiot? This book is downright demoralizing and depressing when it's given to you by a company you slave 8-5 for everyday. They must think we have the intelligence of bridge trolls. I hated the message of this book so much, and the condescending stupidity it connotates that I actually burned it at a keg party the following weekend. The scary part? IT WOULDN'T BURN! We had to set it on fire so many times we gave up and threw it in the trash. The one positive was that after reading it I felt smarter than our management team and know now that someday, all the people who hate this book will come together to crush the cheese lovers. Oh yeah.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow Sept. 7 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Just made me think about life in a totally different way! A must read for all generations and accept the change!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Theory on mixed reviews this book has received April 12 2013
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I don't write a lot of reviews, although I am an avid reader. I ordered this book on the recommendation of a respected friend but with skepticism generated by the various reviews. I read it in short order, kind of annoyed that I bothered with the chapter 'A Gathering' and didn't just skip ahead to the cheese story. The hype in this chapter set the cheese story up for a fall.

Maybe if you're a Hem or Haw this story will have an effect on you. In fact, if you're a Hem or a Haw I sincerely hope it does. But if you're neither a Sniff, Scurry, Hem or Haw you will wonder what all the fuss is about. I don't read books about change because I'm uncomfortable with it, I read them to try to get others to budge from their respective well-worn rutts. I'd have gone looking for new cheese before any of the four characters and thus found the story simplististc and the Hem and Haw characters, well, tedious.

Nonetheless, it seems to resonate with some people. It might resonate more if written better (the writing is redundant and the story repetitive). The first and last chapters, 'A Gathering' and 'A Discussion' insult one's intelligence. But if you're a Hem or a Haw this may be the first baby steps you need to take.'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Aesop fable like story Jan. 11 2013
By E. Lee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good reading for coffee or lunch breaks. Provide simple view of the different perspectives that individuals adopt.
All managers can read this for reference into human behavior
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5.0 out of 5 stars great learning tool
you can read this book over and over and get something new each time. good learning tool a university prof suggested it as extra sup. read it enjoyed it.
Published 15 months ago by mw
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast shipping, great product!
Book came about a week after purchase. It is in perfect condition! I Would highly recommend this seller to other buyers :)
Published on Dec 25 2011 by Felicia
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Stole My Cheese
I bought and paid for 2 of these books ages ago. So far I have only received one of them. Not happy. Also- disappointed in the book.
Published on Sept. 30 2011 by sarndt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
Very helpful book, teaching us how to accept change in our lives. (I wonder if I can apply it to how to make 'change' happen? Read more
Published on May 19 2011 by Doily
5.0 out of 5 stars I know my cheese was moved but this book didn't help me find it.
Yes, I get it, the cheese has been moved, so move on. This book explains the theory pretty nicely so it's easy to get the point, that's why five stars. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2010 by Book eater
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Motivational book
Very easy read. Simple story but very parctical and applicable to our daily lives. Can prove to be useful for anyone dealing with any kind of a change... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2009 by A. Sharma
1.0 out of 5 stars My boss made me read it...
Overall, this aweful little piece of mindless literature is clearly a tool of corporate America and has obviously spread like a brainwashing cancer through the system. Read more
Published on March 5 2009 by J. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars More Moving Than Cheesy
The reviews of this book seem to be split right down the middle. I side with the multiple-star reviewers. Yes, this is a simplistic book, but it is deceptively simple. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2009 by Steven Lane Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Lesson
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... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2008 by a reviewer
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