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Who Moved My Cheese

An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

by Spencer Johnson

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    Feb 2000, 93 pages

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The coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager™ has written a deceptively simple story with a dramatically important message.

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.

With the approach of the year 2000, most work environments are finally recognizing the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. What businesses are only just beginning to realize is that this is not enough: we need 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.

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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 Spenser Johnson tell his great "Cheese" story, years ago, before we wrote our book The One Minute Manager together.
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...

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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.

Author Blurb Randy Harris, Former Vice Chairman, Merril Lynch International
I'm recommending this to colleagues and friends because Spencer Johson's storytelling abilities and unique insights can be understood quickly by everyone.

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PRAKHAR AGNIHOTRI

jspn-this book is mind blowing
This book is FAN-TAS-TIK.......actually I chose this book for my school's English project ......I actually summarised it in front of 42 and all admired me for the story I chose ........and being honest and proud I must tell this that I was awarded 10...   Read More

Sonali Srivastava Ganguli

Be the change you want to bring!
I personally feel that this is an amazing book to read. It presents small situations in parables. As change is inevitable, one must start counting on it, much before it can be seen. We can be the mice, who are non-judgmental and analytical, or...   Read More

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Who Moved My Cheese?
Change can be a good thing or a curse, depending on your point of view. A person’s life changed dramatically in his/her lifestyle or work. Luckily a book was written by Dr. Spencer ...   Read More

Ghost

This was a wonderful book even if it is $20 to tell me that change happens and I should change because there are people that dont even accept that change is needed in life.

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