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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 ...
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.
The Story Behind The Story
by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D.
I am thrilled to be telling you "the story behind the story" of Who Moved My Cheese?because it means the book has now been written, and is available for all of us to read, enjoy and share with others.
This is something I've wanted to see happen ever since I first heard Spencer Johnson tell his great "Cheese" story, years ago, before we wrote our book The One Minute Managertogether.
I remember thinking then how good the story was and how helpful it would be to me from that moment on.
Who Moved My Cheese?is a story about change that takes place in a Maze where four amusing characters look for "Cheese" -- cheese being a metaphor for what we want to have in life, whether it is a job, a relationship, money, a big house, freedom, health, recognition, spiritual peace, or even an activity like jogging or golf.
Each of us has our own idea of what Cheese is, and we pursue it because we believe it makes us happy. If we get it, we often become attached to it. And if we lose it, or it's taken away, it can be traumatic.
The "Maze" in the story represents where you spend time looking for what you want. It can be the organization you work in, the community you live in, or the relationships you have in your life.
I tell the Cheese story that you are about to read in my talks around the world, and often hear later from people about what a difference it has made to them.
Believe it or not, this little story has been credited with saving careers, marriages and lives!
One of the many real-life examples comes from Charlie Jones, a well-respected broadcaster for NBC-TV, who revealed that hearing the story of "Who Moved My Cheese?" saved his career. His job as a broadcaster is unique but the principles he learned can be used by anyone.
Here's what happened: Charlie had worked hard and had done a great job of broadcasting Track and Field events at an earlier Olympic Games, so he was surprised and upset when his boss told him he'd been removed from these showcase events for the next Olympics and assigned to Swimming and Diving.
Not knowing these sports as well, he was frustrated. He felt unappreciated and he became angry. He said he felt it wasn't fair! His anger began to affect everything he did.
Then, he heard the story of "Who Moved My Cheese?"
After that he said he laughed at himself and changed his attitude. He realized his boss had just "moved his Cheese." So he adapted. He learned the two new sports, and in the process, found that doing something new made him feel young.
It wasn't long before his boss recognized his new attitude and energy, and he soon got better assignments. He went on to enjoy more success than ever and was later inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame -- Broadcasters' Alley.
That's just one of the many real-life stories I've heard about the impact this story has had on people -- from their work life to their love life.
I'm such a strong believer in the power of "Who Moved My Cheese?" that I recently gave a copy of an early pre-publication edition to everyone (more than 200 people) working with our company. Why?
Because like every company that wants to not only survive in the future but stay competitive, Blanchard Training & Development is constantly changing. They keep moving our "cheese." While in the past we may have wanted loyal employees, today we need flexible people who are not possessive about "the way things are done around here."
And yet, as you know, living in constant white water with the changes occurring all the time at work or in life can be stressful, unless people have a way of looking at change that helps them understand it. Enter the CHEESE story.
When I told people about the story and then they got to read Who Moved My Cheese?you could almost feel the release of negative energy beginning to occur. Person after person from every department went out of their way to thank me for the book and told me how helpful it had been to them already in seeing the changes going on in our company in a different light. Believe me, this brief parable takes little time to read but its impact can be profound.
As you turn the pages, you will find three sections in this book. In the first, "A Gathering," former classmates talk at a class reunion about trying to deal with the changes happening in their lives. The second section is, "The Story of Who Moved My Cheese?," the core of the book. In the third section, "A Discussion," people discuss what The Story meant to them and how they are going to use it in their work and in their lives.
Some readers of this book's early manuscript preferred to stop at the end of "The Story," without reading further, and interpret its meaning for themselves. Others enjoyed reading "A Discussion" that follows because it stimulated their thinking about how they might apply what they'd learned to their own situation.
In any case, I hope each time you retread Who Moved My Cheese?you will find something new and useful in it, as I do, and that it will help you deal with change and bring you success, whatever you decide success is for you.
I hope you enjoy what you discover and I wish you well. Remember: Move with the cheese!
San Diego, 1998
Posted March 22, 2001
The only reason this is a best seller is Corporatons and Government bought it to tell you change is Good whether it makes sense(common) or not. If I could give a -25 I would!!!
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Posted January 21, 2006
I read several books a year on leader ship, but this one was a big disappointment. Overly simplistic and almost silly, it failed to offer any insight into dealing effectively with change. Maybe the book would be suitable for someone who was completely ignorant about leadership and change in the corporate world, but for most people, it is a waste of time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 26, 2002
This book was key to helping realize that i was not only living in a box and expecting other people to hand me everything, i also discovered i was the person waiting for others to pave the way. No longer! I am the only one controlling my life now. I make the choices in which to propel me to the next step. I am no longer the person waiting at the side lines for other people to take charge of my life. I consider myself to be living life instead of just surviving from one day to the next going through the motions and preparing myself to respond to those dictating my life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2002
If you are greedy, want to make a lot of money quickly. Read this book as an example. The story is nothing but common sense put down in overprized media. Seems like the author owns the publishing company. This book shouldn't be more than an article in a magazine, instead of wasting prime printing sources. If this book is an eye opener for you, you probably never dealt with people. You might want to consider taking behavioural science class first. Waste of time and money!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2001
The book who moved my cheese was a wonderful delightful book that anyone who has to deal with everyday issues as we all do, will enjoy this book,the characters are unusual,and so is the setting.As you read the book you will be able to identify which one of the characters reminds you of yourself or someone you know, I recommend this book to anyone who needs a little humor in their daily life stresses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2001
While I think the wisdom of this book is obvious, I'd add a caveat: The book seems to focus on addressing external change with a minimum of internal change. If you're seeking transformation, this book can help. If you need transformation but are seeking to avoid it, this book may help your desires at the expense of your needs. Use with caution.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2001
Posted March 30, 2001
This is a great book. There are a lot of changes happening in the company I work for and people, especially supervisors, were having a difficult time with it. After reading this book, they've become more relaxed, flexible, and happier. It is entertaining as well. Some of the other reviews I've read on this page are hilarious. This is not a governmental plot to brainwash anyone. Hahahaha!! And those who miss the point need to read it again, and again, until they loosen up. Get the point?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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