Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

By Spencer Johnson,

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Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths. It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life,…

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7 authors picked Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

To truly stay ahead of failure, one must embrace discomfort and avoid becoming stagnant. Life is a constant race, and if you stop running, you cannot win. Who Moved My Cheese? serves as a great example that is easy to read, digest, and a powerful reminder to keep pushing forward in the race of life.

The book highlights the importance of not taking good fortune for granted and avoiding getting too comfortable. It teaches that everything is constantly evolving, and it is essential to remain vigilant and open to new opportunities.

I once used this book to teach a group…

From Ronnie's list on creating a better you.

The simplest step when adapting to change in our lives is changing our mindset, and the author’s use as ‘cheese’ as the protagonist is brilliant. The quicker we adopt the principle of what we can gain instead of what we are losing when it comes to our ‘cheese,’ be it work, relationships, etc., the quicker we can enjoy a more fruitful life. This storybook-themed parable will help you get out of familiar territory and awaken you to new beginnings.

When an organization chooses to outsource it almost always creates massive change within a company. Business processes are now performed by the supplier and often a company's employees shift to work for the supplier, move to another department, or are let go as part of downsizing. All of this can create fear and resistance and result in a failing outsourcing effort. In this classic book Spencer Johnson underscores the importance of change management and looking at change from the perspective of those who are getting their cheese moved. Who Moved My Cheese will help equip you with how to think…

From Kate's list on how to get outsourcing right.

Perhaps within the modern world of business, the only real constant is change itself. But big goals often require cooperation, and leaders often have to inspire others to embrace change. And yet, this is often not an easy thing to accomplish.

We all need to learn how to deal with change of course, but as leaders, we often have to engage with the process and inspire others to embrace change for the good of the evolving organisation. The story of this brilliant little book, told as a parable (i.e. a learning story) contains all of the elements we need to…

On your road to success, change is inevitable, and tackling problems in your life is something you must deal with. Therefore, you must learn how to adapt to change to become successful. Your life can be simple and joyous, or it can be hard and worrisome. It all depends on your decision-making and how you approach the ever-changing world around you. Even though Who Moved My Cheese? is a short read, the valuable lesson you learn from reading it will surely have a positive impact on your life for a very long time.

I read this book, so short and simple, in one brief sitting, as the author intended, I guess. It is all about change and Spencer Johnson defines the beast through the metaphor of a mouse seeking cheese. He offers key tips: Change happens; they keep moving the cheese. Anticipate the change; get ready for the cheese to move. Monitor change; smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old. Adapt to change quickly; the quicker you let go of old cheese the better. Move; as the cheese moves!

I learned here to savor the advantages and enjoy…

From Jeff's list on managing projects.

Who Moved My Cheese? is a timeless book. The book tackles the fear of change. It provides perspectives on why change can feel so hard to make in both work and home life. To love this book is to love metaphors. It has sold over 30 million or more copies worldwide. 

From Elizabeth's list on to implement and manage change.

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