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

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

bySpencer JohnsonForeword byKenneth Blanchard

Hardcover | September 8, 1998

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A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable 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.
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 Ki...
Title:Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-mazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pages, 8.56 × 5.56 × 0.58 inPublished:September 8, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399144463

ISBN - 13:9780399144462

Appropriate for ages: 14


Rated 5 out of 5 by from growth mindset The author craftily and creatively uses mice to teach his lesson on dealing with change, taking risks and about growth mind set. This book can be applied to any career, job or path of life you are on. A must read and a very quick read!
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! The only thing constant in life is...change!! There is nothing radical in this book, but it presents a totally different perspective to change that most of us miss out on..
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational I received this book as a graduation gift and it has given me far more than I'd expected. Just looking at it, this book seems simple, like a bedtime story for children. However, the story behind The Cheese is profound logic. Using a simple story of 4 characters searching for The Cheese, the book teaches an important life lesson on the necessity of adaptation in life.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Book This book is great read. Inspire to think of things in different perspective
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book! It really taught me a better way to perceive things in my life.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Team Building Book! Super easy read. Get this book! Love it!
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inspiring Received this book a few years ago during the whole multi level marketing craze, how ever I feel it's been more true to life in regards to any change or step our of your comfort zone. After reading this book I picked up "The Present", "One minute manager" and "yes or no".
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discipline necessart Change is so logical... human nature is so illogical! High level of self-discipline is necessary to successfully achieve change.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, very simple Nice book makes you less frustrated about things happening around you.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Moved My Cheese Helped me see how to move from a Hem to Haw.
Date published: 2013-12-29
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

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 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.