In Spencer Johnson's world, Sniff and Scurry are not verbs, but mice; and Hem and Haw are "little people-beings." Chances are if you don't know what any of this means, no one has moved your cheese. Still confused? Read on....
Place of Birth:
B.A. in psychology, University of Southern California, 1963; M.D., Royal College of Surgeons
Spencer Johnson's official web site
|Keep It Simple|
|Johnson, who trained to be a surgeon, explained how he came to the underlying philosophy of his books in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com: "It was during those years of looking at all of the complexities of medicine that I began to make a distinction between simplistic, which was not enough, and simple, which was everything it needed to be, but no more.... I came across a great comment recently from Jack Welch, whom many people consider one of the most effective CEOs in the country. He said that insecure managers create complexity. You can't believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple. They worry that they will seem simple-minded. The most clear, tough-minded people are always the most simple." |
|The Big Cheese||Johnson's First Hit|
|Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life|
This parable has proven to have a much wider reach than Johnson anticipated, and it's easy to see why: Everyone copes (or doesn't) with change, and this book offers a quick, simple approach to finding the upside in unpleasant shifts.
|The One Minute Manager|
Kenneth H. Blanchard, Spencer Johnson
Before the phenomenal success of Who Moved My Cheese, Johnson was the coauthor of this similarly successful 1982 minute-by-minute guide to management, which still remains highly popular and is available in versions for parents, salespeople, and more.