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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Bless you Alberto June 30 2004
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Deal with it! June 7 2004
Format:Hardcover
This was good! I can say immediately that I have been both Hem and Haw. When life throws you a change, you have to deal with it, or it will control you, and you will get NO PLACE AT ALL!!! This is a tough lesson to learn. We want what is ours, and instead of looking for a new opportunity, we pout, like Hem. Unlike Haw, who was able to get something out of what they had gotten themselves into. He laughed at his past, and although for awhile he wasn't finding any cheese, it was a heck of a lot better then sitting on his can doing nothing!
Now, for all you Hems out there who "didn't get anything out of this and are still wondering what the point is...." Why don't you actually try reading the book?! It helps to actually try and get something out of it, not just look at the cover and say like Hem would say, "But... But... But..." C'mon! Get your feelings off of your sleeves! Get the chip off of your shoulder. It helps. Really, it does. Out with the old, in with the new. The Sniffs and Scurrys out there have already read this book and are rolling right along with the punches, keeping their running shoes around their necks, just in case.
Change does happen, people. That is life. Deal with it! Or life will deal with you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Moved My Cheese? June 6 2004
By anthony
Format:Hardcover
I don't know that I've ever read a book that so accurately depicts the fears and anxieties associated with change. The book itself is witty and somewhat humorous, yet it's deep enough to provoke intense reflection and self evaluation if you allow it to. The storyline itself includes four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two of the characters are mice named Sniff and Scurry. The other two are little people the size of mice who act a lot like real people do. Their names are Hem and Haw. The most thought provoking aspect of this book is that it allows each individual to draw conclusions based on their own individual situations relative to "the maze" and "the cheese". "The cheese" is a metaphor for what you want to have in life. "The maze" is symbolic for where you look for what you want in life. In this story, all of the characters are faced with unexpected change. As time passes, one of the characters deals with it successfully and writes what he has learned from his experiences on the wall. In short the message appears to be that when you see the "writing on the wall" you need to know how to deal with change. We all may have a different "maze" in life and may pursue different "cheese" in life,yet, the moral of the story is just the same. Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes later.
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1.0 out of 5 stars So who did move it? June 5 2004
Format:Hardcover
Does it occur to anyone else that the book never answers the title question?
It's amazing to me that many of the people (managers and HR personnel) who hand out this book to their subordinates in a heart beat, apply so few of the principles in it themselves.
As most surmise the book's key message is an encouragement to adapt to changes to the environment instead of standing around complaining.
No wonder this book is such a big hit among managers and HR professionals. If they make an unpopular change that your subordinates complain about, just hand them this book. After all, it's easier to do that than for the managers involved to examine their own actions and re-evaluate. In effect, it gives the manager the near god-like position of the never-mentioned lab researcher who probably moved the cheese. (This is conjecture, since as I said before, the book never comes out and answers its title question.)
In my own specific circumstance I was handed this book by a brilliant boss who did apply the principles of change to herself and her organization, so there is a counter point. But I fear she was the sole exception.
The more I read the book and talked to my friends who'd been given it as the answer to constructive criticism they offered in their own organization, the more I see this book as the cop-out answers for managers who believe in change for changes' sake.
In closing, read this book, one, two or twenty-three times and you'll never find out, who moved the cheese. And for the sake of preserving your own inner integrity, don't tell yourself, "That's the wrong question." That's the biggest cop-out of all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars J-O-B=JustOverBroke May 30 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I believe that Who Moved my Cheese is an excellent book to help people deal with the changes that started during Pres. Clintons term, when downsizing became fashionable.
But I also believe that too many people are missing the point. People get canned from one company and the first thing they do is to go out and find another job within another company just like the one they just lost.
Somebody once said that the definition of insanity is to continue doing the same thing, over and over even though it doesn't work.
What I got from Who Moved My Cheese is to change, to adapt to the changes going on and that very often means finding a new career ina new field.
I was working for a sales company that assured me that I had no ceiling on my income. Soon after working for this company, a B2B telesale company, found that there indeed was a ceiling imposed on me. Company controlled my time, the salary and commission structure and my leads and therefore my income.
Who Moved My Cheese gave me the necessary motivation to start a company of my own. I am no longer subservient to unappreciate bosses. If you want the true meaning of a boss, spell it backwords!
I control my income, my time and every morning while shaving I have a meeting with the CEO, President and the Board of Directors and sometime we talk about things like giving me a raise. I like my new boss.
Who Moved My Cheese is a great book to help you adapt. The key is not to just read it, but use it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read.
heard lot about this book and finally got arnd reading it.. defiantly must read.. its less than 100 pages so good for slow readers like myself too.
Published 3 months ago by killer17
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book has been around quite some time but it was a fun and easy read - at the same time learning some great lessons about the need to change
Published 3 months ago by C. Cabral
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Just made me think about life in a totally different way! A must read for all generations and accept the change!
Published 11 months ago by Shri Madiwal
1.0 out of 5 stars Patronizing is a good start
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... Read more
Published 15 months ago by shane doucette
3.0 out of 5 stars Theory on mixed reviews this book has received
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Proctor
3.0 out of 5 stars Aesop fable like story
Good reading for coffee or lunch breaks. Provide simple view of the different perspectives that individuals adopt. Read more
Published 19 months ago by E. Lee
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 19 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
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