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Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?

An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in your Work and in your Life

Book - 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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [1998]
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780399144462
Branch Call Number: 155.24 JOH
Characteristics: 94 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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For the first time in two generations, Albertans are waking up to a new political landscape. Change can be scary, but if you look hard, you can always still find your cheese. (Also available in book format.)

RockCastle Aug 08, 2009

If you really look, you can always find your Cheese!

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May 04, 2021

This is an incredible and inspirational 𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐨𝐟 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬. 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐮𝐬𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐬𝐞.. 𝐃𝐫. 𝐒𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫 𝐉𝐨𝐡𝐧𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐣𝐨𝐛 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬. 𝐈𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭. 𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.

Age rating: 13+

Jan 30, 2021

Simple story, powerful message, impressive narration - that's how I'd describe this book. If I'd have to summarize the gist of this book in two words, it would be "Embrace change". The story is very simple, but tailor-made to effectively beam the message it wants to. In fact, the setting for the story is a little strange, with two little-men sharing the world with two mice. I mean I couldn't imagine that framework in any scenario except for this specific story. The story really needed three or four characters (I'm still not sure why two mice were required, but my best guess is that so each could have a company) divided into two sets, one set with simple, uncomplicated brain (or thinking process, approach whatever you call) and the other set with a much more sophisticated way of thinking. This framework was cast with mice and little-men, and it could be argued that this might be as well be because of its resemblance to Of Mice and Men. In fact, the book opens with the line from the great novel - "The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry".

This could also be made into a short but imposing Pixar kind animated movie, and for that the characters will perfectly fit - mice, little-men, maze, and cheese! With those four, and the "writing on the wall" that come in many places in the book, it would be a remarkable animation short!

Coming to the story itself, it's uncomplicated, straightforward but impactful. It says change is the only constant, and that we should not only learn to anticipate change by constantly monitoring things (cheese is used to refer to anything we want in life), but also learn to quickly adapt to it and even embrace it with arms wide open. There must have been numerous real life examples where this was applicable, and a few of them have been mentioned in the book as well. But it's easy to imagine how this is very essential to succeed, and yet how much it is understated. Evolutionarily, the human brain is rigged to overthink, and that's part of the problem in modern day life, even though that's literally what has made us survive the evolutionary chain. Mice are simple animals - they do not overthink and when they see something essential for their survival but absent, they go in search of it immediately. It's entirely involuntary, and yet there's a lesson to learn for the more sophisticated brain here.

Overall, I think even though the story is simple, it needs to be told again and again, until the brain not only realizes it but acts according to it. That's hard given evolutionarily that's not who we are. Precisely for that reason, the most important one-liner messages are given a special place in the book as 'writing on the wall'. I thought that was a brilliant idea even though not unusual for motivation and self-help books.

Dec 30, 2020

I requested this book from the Burlington library. They gave me the 'teens' version. The image is in-correct in the above description.

Sep 22, 2020

I absolutely love this book. The ROI from reading this tiny 100-page book is sky-high. This book shouldn't take more than an hour to read, for each page contains about 40 words. Also, there are many pictures (pictures of cheese). I learned so much stuff from the half an hour I spent reading this book, and I think about this book often. It promotes the idea about how change is good, and how spotting trends is a necessity to succeed. I love this book, and I feel it's a must-read for anyone who wants to change and become a different person.
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Sep 20, 2019

I read this to better understand the reference when people talk about this book. I have no idea how this is a leadership staple. It's less than basic and can't even be called common sense because it's largely nonsense.

bibliosara May 16, 2019

A great contemporary parable that anyone - working professional, retiree, student, or stay-at-home parent - can learn from. The brevity and wisdom of the book will attract audiences far and wide, making it a modern-day non-fiction classic (for good reason!).

Dec 20, 2018

Having had cheese move a few times in my life I appreciated this book. One of the best management training courses I had was the One Minute Manager and this one could have been beneficial as well!

I saw this while browsing with a friend. I commented on the title and he suggested I read it. There was a lot of great advice in it, he said, and it helped him cope with changes in his life. He was correct. It was simple and wise. I read it twice in 90 minutes (it's very short) so I could get more out of the allegory. It certainly causes one to pause and contemplate on many things, identify with various situations and characters, and make a decision or two. Recommended.

JewelMcLatchy Apr 21, 2015

Surprisingly insightful, despite the somewhat corny title (yes, I deliberately avoided saying "cheesy title"). Easy to understand the concepts presented and you really could reread the book several times and walk away with a different and valuable idea of how to approach change in your life with each reading.

Nov 20, 2014

Life changing little story, a must read!

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