Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life

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Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life

by Spencer Johnson
Foreword by Kenneth Blanchard

Putnam Adult | September 8, 1998 | Hardcover

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life is rated 3.8636 out of 5 by 22.
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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 96 pages, 8.57 × 5.48 × 0.57 in

Published: September 8, 1998

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399144463

ISBN - 13: 9780399144462

Found in: Careers, Health and Well Being, Human Resources and Personnel Management
Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Uninspiring This book presents a simple concept that most working people already know so it is uninspiring to me. An OK reading by the pool, on the bus or waiting for someone in the Cafeteria as it is very short and you can drop it any time and won't mind too much if you lost it. It is not worth the price though. I would recommend it only if it costs $3.99.
Date published: 2013-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a simple concept but so impactful! I think this book was great! It was so easy to read and the story is just simple. It really puts things about change management into perspective, not only for business-related matters, but for personal ones as well. Loved it!
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from INTERESTING! Although I would not state that this book is a life-altering read, it certainly does make you think about your life! As life is continuously changing all over the place, it makes sense to choose how you will deal with change. I think this book should be added to the grade 8 curriculum as it would help future generations prepare for some of life's biggest changes yet to come!
Date published: 2007-10-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Concerned Teacher The first thing to note about this book is that the author never actually answers the question he poses in the title. In fact he spends (wastes) a lot of time trying to get you to think of anything other than who makes the decisions that can so drastically effect our lives. Sadly, someone in the curriculum department at the ESL academy I teach at in South Korea put this on the reading list for our students. Fortunately I have a few ideas for how to have fun with this book since anyone with any experience in corporate downsizing can easily tear this crap to pieces. I'm going to create a new character called "The Big Cheese" who is so up to his neck in cheese that he doesn't know how to handle it when his employees move his cheese and form a union. He tries to move their cheese by asking for longer hours at lower pay and they decide to move his cheese instead and shut down his company until he learns to accept change and adapt to the union... The other idea is a game where the kids have to move through a maze when their factory is shut down and their jobs moved to a third world country. In this one the choice is to resist change (something that isn't really represented in the book) or move with it and accept the loss of their friends, community and standard of living so they can find New Cheese.
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This book is everything a piece of corporate brainwashing propaganda should be: 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. The main jist is: Don't think, just go with the changes as we prescribe them. If you don't, you're inflexible or afraid of change. Heaven forbid that employees should actually think for themselves! Complete garbage.
Date published: 2005-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expect to change If you expect to pay for the amount of words in a book then this book is not for you. If you expect to pay to understand what is the real meaning of life then you will have more than expected. This amazing fable make you understand that we can all reach our ...'' dream cheese''.
Date published: 2004-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Great! But over priced for the amount of words. (LARGE font)
Date published: 2004-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If you must... go to the library If you want to read this book, go to the library as it is a waste of money to buy. I read it in about an hour. If they used a normal font size they could have fit this into about 20 pages. Don't get me wrong, it's worth reading for free as it gives you some stuff to think about, just don't go out and buy it.
Date published: 2004-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but powerful I must admit, at first I was skeptical as to how much this book could possible open my eyes to the change going on all around me. Not to mention it was a small book as well. However, once I started to read, I was able to really get into the characters and understand how each of them had meaning to the life all around us. Not to mention I found out which character I was and was able to in turn find ways how to adapt to change better. A very nice book that takes little time to read that will help you with change. A definate must read.
Date published: 2003-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheese Excellent. I highly recommend. This book is for everyone. After I read this in one sitting both my wife and mother read it. We all came away with some useful insight.
Date published: 2002-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny...and more This book will force you to look at yourself in an entirely different way. A light-hearted and amusing journey into the realm of self discovery. As you read the book, you'll begin to see yourself as one (or more) of the characters participating in the journey. You may not like what you discover about yourself during your journey, but believe me, you'll benefit from each and every discovery you make. After reading this gem for just two minutes, I simply couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2002-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who moved My cheese A fabulous book. I strongly recommend all organizations to let their employees read this book. It has great insight on how to deal with an ongoing changing world. It is especially helpful to organizations that are downsizing or going through major restructuring and employees are been outplaced. It is easy reading and fun. It certainly will get you to take a bite of the cheese.
Date published: 2001-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Who Stole 2hrs of my time I got this book for free and still feel ripped off. The book apparently is 96 pages, 70 of them filled with plenty white space and large print, with every fourth page filled with a picture of cheese. It is very repetitive and drawn out. We get it, the cheese has been moved, get on with the story. The whole story could have been written in a single page, but how could you sell that, right? I fail to see why every one is praising this book, but I still can't explain cults either. The only one to benefit from this book is Spencer Johnson, and obviously making a killing at it.
Date published: 2001-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from who moved my cheese The title of the book, "Who moved my cheese?", just had my attention at first sight. This world changes fast, very fast. I don't even remember when was the first time I e-mailed my friend. And i cannot imagine the life without the e-mails. This book actually gave me an idea how I should deal with many changes in my life. I'm 20 years old college boy. I dream about having my own business that will bring me the Porche 911 turbo. I have to take few courses that involve a lot of stuff about business and also about computers. I was little scared about having a computerized industry around me for the reason that I'm not really close to computers. But, after reading this book, I encouraged myself to go on and face the reality. I started to study few softwares. And, yes, it is really a lot of fun when you discover something that you never knew before. No pain, no gain. I was stressed sometimes because I didn't understand the professional words. But, I was paid off very well. There are so many functions and tools that I can use to help my studying and my life. Rather than complaining about why this world is very related to the computers, I now love to deal with them, love to look for the new place that has better and more cheese.
Date published: 2001-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great & Simple! This book was given to us by our Manager when he decided to change his career path after 22 years. He moved out from our department to face a new challenge in another department within the company. This is one of the most excellent books I have ever read. You can apply the concept of the story to your personal life and in the workplace.
Date published: 2000-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What do your instincts say ? A short/fantastic read. This should be sold at airports and shoe shine stands, where people make the biggest life descisions. This book helped me make some very big decisions. 3 weeks after I read it, I went from being a fulltime employee to a contractor at twice the wage. Don't miss this one, it's worth buying, reading & passing on ;)
Date published: 2000-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! An associate recommended this; I’m glad he did, but his words of recommendation don’t begin to do this volume justice! I found myself absolutely unable to put the book down until it was completed- I'm glad it is 94 pages long and not 940, or I'd have been in big trouble! Having been through some incredible organizational change, I wish I'd had this book available 6 years ago. I find myself considering which character I'm most like, and am not sure I like what I see. I find myself analyzing how I’ve handled the changes and wishing I could retrace some steps to be more positive about my ‘cheese’ that moved. The insights in this brief book are worth far more than the price of the book; this is one volume where, like so much in life, it may be small, but it IS mighty!
Date published: 2000-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from From Velveeta to Brie, it's Camembert! A small book, a silly title, and some fairly obvious thoughts. But it presents these thoughts in an off-handed and humourous manner, which makes them easier to digest and absorb. I read it in 40 minutes, and it bolstered some ideas I was thinking of. A great read for anyone in business.
Date published: 2000-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone must read! This has to be one of the best change management book available today. It is very easy to read in 1 to 2 hours. Simple story but great concepts. Highly recommended! It will change your life!
Date published: 2000-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Moved My Cheese My cheese has been moved several times so far in my life, for anybody dealing with change in their lives that they are uncomfortable with, this is a must read. A few moments of your time just may save years or even lives. This book was given to me by a good friend, I didn't know he was a friend until he gave me this book to read, he must really care! I started a new Business, and everyone that joins with us will have the oppurtunity to have this book, and hope it changes their life forever.
Date published: 2000-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ***** We have just been given this book to read at work. Our workplace has been going through many changes, exactly how changes happened in the Land Far Away called "Cheese" It just reinforced that we all must accept change and move with change in a positive way in order to accomplish what must be done. Remember you are a part of your destiny. An enjoyable book to read and then think about. It can be reflected not only on the changes in your workplace, but also in your own life. I recommend for all to read..
Date published: 2000-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE This delightful book points out that complacency causes us to settle for things that are not very good for us, such as easy access to our needs for the moment. Like the little pig who built his house of bricks, we are bettered prepared for the Big Bad Wolf if we think through how daily struggle can leave us more capable, more satisfied, and contributing more. In my work with CEOs, I find many people are working very hard to achieve things that are not very important to them, like money and greater size, while things that are important, like family and self-satisfaction, are under-served. This book reminded me of one of my favorite books for accomplishing much more, in less time, and more happily, THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION. You should read both to enhance your life.
Date published: 1999-04-23

– More About This Product –

Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life

by Spencer Johnson
Foreword by Kenneth Blanchard

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 96 pages, 8.57 × 5.48 × 0.57 in

Published: September 8, 1998

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0399144463

ISBN - 13: 9780399144462

Table of Contents

Parts of All of Us
The Story Behind the Story
by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. A Gathering: Chicago
The Story of Who Moved My Cheese?
Four Characters
Finding Cheese
No Cheese!
The Mice: Sniff & Scurry
The Littlepeople: Hem & Haw
Meanwhile, Back in the Maze
Getting Beyond Fear
Enjoying the Adventure
Moving with the Cheese
The Handwriting on the Wall
Tasting New Cheese
Enjoying Change!
A Discussion: Later That Same Day
Share It With Others
About the Author

From the Publisher

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.

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 . He has written more than two dozen books dealing with medicine and the behavioral sciences, and has millions of copies of his books in print in twenty-six languages, including the popular children’s book series ValueTales ™. Dr. Johnson 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. He lives with his family in Hawaii. 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 wa
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From Our Editors

Using the many-faceted cheese as a microcosm for life's truths, Spencer Johnson asks Who Moved My Cheese? Like biting into an unknown cheese for the first time - we hope it'll be Brie and not blue cheese - we must be ready to accept life's surprises. Johnson offers provocative advice on why there's more to life than solid dependable cheddar and why expanding our horizons means trying the world's cheeses - Finnish lappi, fabulous feta - and how enjoying new "cheese" frees us up for life's possibilities in today's changing world. Go on. Take a bite of a new cheese and find out what you really want.

Appropriate for ages: 14

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