Who Moved My Cheese?: The 10th Anniversary Edition

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Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy. Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry. And two are "Littlepeople" — beings the size of mice who look and act a lot like people. Their names are Hem and Haw.

"Cheese" is a metaphor for what you want to have in life — whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual ...

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Overview

Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a "Maze" and look for "Cheese" to nourish them and make them happy. Two are mice named Sniff and Scurry. And two are "Littlepeople" — beings the size of mice who look and act a lot like people. Their names are Hem and Haw.

"Cheese" is a metaphor for what you want to have in life — whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. And the "Maze" is where you look for what you want — the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in. In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it successfully, and writes what he has learned from his experience on the Maze walls.

When you come to see "The Handwriting on the Wall," you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success (however you define it) in your work and in your life.

The 10th anniversary audio edition of Who Moved My Cheese? includes exclusive new bonus material in which Spencer Johnson offers fresh insights on its origins, impact and applications that will help you put its powerful wisdom to work.

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This short, simple parable has swept the business world and become one of the hottest-selling motivational audiobooks on the market. Written by Spencer Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager, this enlightening and amusing story illustrates the vital importance of being able to deal with unexpected change. Read by Tony Roberts, with a foreword by Kenneth Blanchard (the other author of The One Minute Manager) and an introduction read by Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese? is often distributed by managers to employees as a motivational tool, but the lessons it teaches can benefit literally anyone, young or old, rich or poor, looking for less stress and more success in every aspect of work and life.
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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.--Mark Guyer, Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743582858
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CDs, 1 hr 45 min
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 2
  • Sales rank: 207,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 5.62 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world’s most respected thinkers and beloved authors.

His eleven international bestselling books include the #1 titles Who Moved My Cheese?® An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change, and The One Minute Manager®, the world’s most popular management method for over two decades, coauthored with Kenneth Blanchard.

Dr. Johnson is often referred to as “the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.”

He recieved a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and performed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.

He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and is currently Advisor to the Center For Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His work has captured the attention of major media, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, Fortune, the New York Times, the Today show, Time magazine, USA Today, and United Press International.

More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world’s most respected thinkers and beloved authors.

His eleven international bestselling books include the #1 titles Who Moved My Cheese?® An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change, and The One Minute Manager®, the world’s most popular management method for over two decades, coauthored with Kenneth Blanchard.

Dr. Johnson is often referred to as “the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work.”

He recieved a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and performed medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and the Harvard Medical School.

He has served as Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Business School, and is currently Advisor to the Center For Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His work has captured the attention of major media, including the Associated Press, the BBC, CNN, Fortune, the New York Times, the Today show, Time magazine, USA Today, and United Press International.

More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

Biography

Spencer Johnson is an M.D. who has become better known for fixing ailing corporations than healing the sick, first with his 1982 business classic The One Minute Manager (coauthored with psychiatrist Kenneth Blanchard) and then, unforgettably, with Who Moved My Cheese?, a word-of-mouth sensation that eventually remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over two years and has been translated into 11 languages.

Word had slowly built up about Cheese, based on the strength of recommendations from heavy-hitter executives at Procter & Gamble, GE, Hewlett-Packard and others. Businesses, hit by the downshifting economy, began ordering copies by the thousands; by 2000, it was a national bestseller. The book sets up a story about four characters who live in a maze: Hem and Haw, who are little people; and Sniff and Scurry, who are mice.

Johnson, who based the story on the fact that mice rarely go back to the same place to look for cheese and felt that humans might benefit from the example, created the story for himself as a way of helping himself get through a divorce. Urged by former writing partner Blanchard to set the story down in book form, Johnson finally did – and nothing happened, at first. But over two years, the book picked up momentum, not only among companies who were trying to deal with everything from sales downturns to massive layoffs, but among individuals who found the book helped them gain a new perspective on personal situations as well.

Johnson’s forte is to create allegorical stories that present simple, digestible solutions (or paths to solutions) for seemingly huge challenges. The approach is far from immune to criticism from those who complain that Who Moved My Cheese? is simplistic and silly; Johnson doesn’t argue with either barb (though he might prefer "simple" over "simplistic"). His message is that being simpler and sillier makes us better adapters and decision-makers, and all of his books boil down to opening oneself to possibility and better communication. The ideas aren’t revolutionary: As Johnson said in an ABC News chat, “The challenge always for me and for others is to live the story and not just read about it.”

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 1, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      South Dakota
    1. Education:
      B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons
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  • Posted May 29, 2009

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    Cheese and Change

    This audio book begins with an engaging introduction by Johnson with Ken Blanchard, who has written the foreword to Johnson's book. The subtitle focuses the book's intention: "An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life."

    This audio version is a full text of the creative allegory of the challenge of dealing with change in the workplace. Blanchard (PhD) and Johnson (MD) are co-authors of The One Minute Manager, which has become "the world's most popular management method."

    The pleasant and expressive voice of Tony Roberts reads the active text of the book to us, telling the story of two little mice named Hem and Haw and their friends, Sniff and Scurry. The allegory develops as Hem and Haw become settled in their comfortable home in a wealthy home.

    Hem and Haw planned and used their great intelligence to find cheese in the maze in which they all lived. Sniff and Scurry found cheese more by trial and error, remembering the productive lanes and nooks hiding the cheese. Hem and Haw find a plenteous and regular supply of cheese at "Cheese Station C." Hem and Haw became accustomed to the easy life with the supply of plenty of cheese and were able to organize their life comfortably.

    As Hem and Haw become more affluent and comfortable, they begin to look down on their hard-working neighbors Sniff and Scurry. But the smart mice Hem and Haw mapped out the places they had found cheese, so they had to work less and less to get food every day. They became complacent, until one day they went on a trip, then came one day to find no cheese at their "Cheese Station C."

    Sniff and Scurry had also been gathering some cheese from Cheese Station C, but they had noticed that the cheese supply there had been diminishing. Now that there was no more cheese, it was nothing to them. They shifted their strategy and returned to their industrious pattern of looking in various places.

    But Hem and Haw were not that flexible. They had not developed foraging techniques, so were at a loss. They continued going to look for cheese at the same cheese station, but finally it was clear cheese was no longer to be found at Cheese Station C. The way they finally work out a solution spins out the possibilities of learning how to deal with the traumatic change in their situation.

    The body of the story is this parable of the cheese, which is then discussed in a dialogue by business colleagues to evaluate their various businesses. Cheese is the focus then for whatever they as individuals or the company wants. This works on a personal or a corporate level. The Maze that was home to Hem and Haw represents the places you looks for what you want. This could be an organization, the family, the community or the market.

    This is an enjoyable little story and the debriefing dialogue of the human characters is realistic. It is a pleasant experience and provides insights or at least an interesting review of the approaches to change. The story provides an opportunity for self-evaluation on how one meets change.

    Since this story is an allegory, this audio book is an excellent way to get the story. The superb reading stimulates the mind to conjure up vivid images to enjoy the visual story in your head!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    A must read for everyone!

    Read this book! I have read it countless times, when you are in a rut and need some help getting out follow the mice. Great way to lighten an issue most of us face from time to time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    Humorous, inciteful, and true to the core

    Great read for leaders of organizations who find themselves surrounded by the status quo. Good organizational tool to hand out to those employees who are less apt to progress.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    break through

    the book makes you realized after reading it that change is constant and you have to go and move with it's pace. (It Helped me a lot to accept that I'm already a father and husband and that things will change for me and they will never be the same as when I was a bachelor.) It's all about AWARENESS and learning to ADOPT to change without complicating the issues at hand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2001

    Moving Cheese is BIG in Silicon Valley

    If you can't adapt to change, you cannot survice in the high tech industry. Change is key. Great book. Even the VPs have read it. Fast, easy read resulting in great insight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    a life changing read

    Wow! This book was not only a cornocopia of life changing idea's and attitudes, but was also extremelly easy to read with laugh-out-load humorous situations that will make anyone who reads this change their perception. I have read it at least a dozen times and have learned something new each and every time. Join these two miniture guys and their rodent friends in this child like story of getting want you want out of life. Not only for the bussisness man, this book will help anyone, young or old, correct the error of his ways and lead a happier, healthier life. Kudos!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    Moving with the Cheese!!!

    I recommend everyone to read this book, and indeed I have done so. Michelle, who introduced me to this wonderful book, was placed in my life solely for that purpose. I have been there, I'm am there now, and sure enough it will always pop again without notice. This book has helped me to look at life in a different perspective. It is my schema; blending old information with new to get a better understanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    Simple life changes

    A 'cute' book on how to better deal with the changes that life 'throws' at you. Even when you believe that you create the situations in your life based on your perception, you can change how you perceive those changes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    Go Forward Without Fear

    I thought the message at first was telling me to get out of a bad relationship and then one sentance made me realize that I have to change the bad behavior that created the bad relationship. I can only say this book has helped make me aware of what was needed to make the changes that needed to be made.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    The Power of Simplicity

    I listened to this audiobook and thought, 'whats the big deal?'. Then I began thinking about what it was saying and all the situations it might apply. Then I listened to it again and finally heard the magic of it's message. It manages to reduce very complex headaches and worries to a more manageable approach and if you crave a feel-good experience when finished then this delivers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    The Truth About Change

    As advertised, this book offers a very simplistic and amusing veiw on change and how differently people may react to it. The four characters in this book, two mice and two little people, exhibit responses to change in a variety of ways. Humans are complex, emotional beings who typically thrive on achievement and exhibit relatively predictable behaviors. Therefore, once certain goals are achieved the tendency is to do whatever possible to maintain status quo. The thought of change can be uncomfortable because it may mean giving up the emotional gratification of the acheivement. On the other hand, the mice act on instinct and respond to the moment. They are more willing to make quick adjustments in order to keep their goals in sight. Once the reward of the achievement goes away, they are ready to respond with a new search for a new goal. In this case, it's the cheese. The four cahracters all deal with change in different ways. Some experience more success and less stress than others. Find out which one you are most like. Reading this book is a fun an interesting way to discover yourself, and how quickly you can adapt to change.

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