Who Moved My Cheese?

 

Who Moved My Cheese? 
Author Spencer Johnson
Title Who Moved My Cheese?
Subtitle An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
Category Management Change
           
ISBN/ EAN
0399144463 / 978-0399144462  
Publisher G. P. Putnam's Sons
Country USA
Published 08-Sep-1998
No of Pages 96


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Summary

Have you ever wondered if there was an amazing way to deal with change in your work or even, in your life? If so, then this book is exactly what you need to read. The “Who moved my Cheese?” story features four imaginary characters.
1. Sniff, who sniffs out change early;
2. Scurry, who scurries into action;
3. Hem, who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse;
4. Haw, who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better;

The four characters are intended to represent the simple and complex parts of ourselves, regardless of our age, gender, race or nationality. The metaphors cheese and maze help you visualize a process of change.

In our story plot, cheese is everyone’s everlasting wish to accomplish and gain in our life whether this is a great job opportunity, a loving and caring relationship, money, power or our spiritual peace of mind. Cheese is the idea we believe that by obtaining the cheese in our life will make us happy and satisfy.

People respond to change in different ways for the primary reason that people are different from one another. Taking everything into consideration, we should discover a positive meaning to allow change work into our advantage and persuade change that would lead us to success.

The knowledge behind the story:
- Anticipate change.
- Adapt quickly.
- Enjoy change.
- Be ready to change quickly, again and again.
- If you do not change, you can become extinct.
- Ask yourself “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?”
- Movement in a new direction helps you find New Cheese.
- When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.
- Imagining myself enjoying New Cheese, even before I find it, leads me to it.
- The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find New Cheese.
- The more important your Cheese is to you, the more you want to hold on to it

This is one of those small books that provide you with a great amount of thought. I think everyone is able to map the “Who moved my cheese?” story onto past situations. Through reading this book, it makes you rethink those situations and how you handled them or helps you adjusting your behavior, when you are in the middle of a change process. The simplicity of the story makes it extremely powerful and useful.

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