Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (English Edition)
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Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life (English Edition)

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With over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide, 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, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving.

In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you to discover. You'll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to.

Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights will last a lifetime.

Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world's leading authors of inspirational writing. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide phenomenon Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages.

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Who Moved My Cheese? is an 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 - whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or spirital peace of mind. And the maze is where you look for what you want - the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. This profound book from bestselling author, Spencer Johnson, will show you how to anticipate change, adapt to change quickly, enjoy change and be ready to change quickly again and again. Discover the secret for yourself and learn how to deal with change, so that you suffer from less stress and enjoy more success in your work and in life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime.

Biographie de l'auteur

Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world's leading authors of inspirational writing. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide phenomenon Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages.

Revue de presse

"One of the most successful business books ever" (Daily Telegraph)

"Dr. Johnson has the rare ability to be interesting, provocative and succinct. My admiration is complete." (Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking)

"It leaves you feeling upbeat, and excited, and ready to go out and find your own cheese." (Better Business)

"A firm favourite with businessfolk" (Daily Mirror)

"highly influential" (Financial Times magazine)

Amazon.com

Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice--nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are "littlepeople," mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It's not just sustenance to them; it's their self-image. Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they've found. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods--our jobs, our career paths, the industries we work in--although it can stand for anything, from health to relationships. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.

Dr. Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organizations--anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and skeptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all natural history in just 94 pages: Things change. They always have changed and always will change. And while there's no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won't happen is always the same: The cheese runs out. --Lou Schuler

From AudioFile

Over and over listeners are subjected to one self-help lecture after another. WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? is different! Listeners learn invaluable life lessons about "change" by way of a humorous parable narrated by Tony Roberts. His memorable interpretation of two mice and two tiny people caught in a maze (life's many paths) searching for cheese (a metaphor for your heart's desire) is gratifying and good fun. Hem and Haw, the tiny people, emulate us humans with all our faults, fears and frustrations. Roberts provides them with distinct personalities that mimic many stressed-out individuals we have grown to know. Overcoming stress and discovering successful living is the goal, and Roberts takes the listener on a curious and offbeat journey to discover the path. B.J.P. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Publisher comments

With over 24 million copies sold worldwide, this is a must-have book for all a ages.

Ingram

From one of the world's most recognized experts on management comes a charming parable filled with insights designed to help readers manage change quickly and prevail in changing times.

From Library Journal

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. Listeners are still left with questions about making his or her own specific personal changes. Capably narrated by Tony Roberts, this audiotape is recommended for larger public library collections.AMark Guyer, Stark Cty. Dist. Lib., Canton, OH
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description

This is the braille edition of the current bestseller. Currently it's the #1 Wall St. Journal best-selling book for nonfiction; #1 New York Times bestseller on "Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous", and #1 Publishers Weekly hardcover bestseller. The book gives advice on how to deal with changes at work and in life in general. Judging from the 286 reviews posted on Amazon.com, you're either going to love it or hate it. Advice is dispensed in the form of a parable, which some describe as over simplistic and others deem highly useful. Find out for yourself: 1 volume. Over a million copies in print.

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...

JA Majors Book Info

A simple parable read by Tony Roberts that reveals profound truths about change. Written for all ages, the story takes less than an hour to listen to, but its unique insights can last for a lifetime. Audiocassette.

About the author

Spencer Johnson, M.D. is an internationally bestselling author whose books have helped millions of people discover simple truths they can use to enjoy healthier lives with more success and less stress.

He is the Originator and co-Author of The One Minute Manager™, the #1 New York Times bestseller written with legendary management consultant Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D., which has become the most popular management method in the world.

Dr. Johnson has written many other bestsellers, including five books in the One Minute® series, Yes or No, the popular ValueTales™ children's books, and the perennial gift favorite The Precious Present.

His education includes a B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at Harvard Medical School and The Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Johnson's books have been featured often in the media, by, among others, Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, Larry King Live, the Associated Press, and United Press International.

More than eleven million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print, in twenty-six languages.

Excerpted from Who Moved My Cheese? : An Amazing Way to Deal With Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson. Copyright ?? 1998. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved

A Gathering

Chicago

One sunny Sunday in Chicago, several former classmates, who were good friends in school, gathered for lunch, having attended their high school reunion the night before. They wanted to hear more about what was happening in each other's lives. After a good deal of kidding, and a good meal, they settled into an interesting conversation.

Angela, who had been one of the most popular people in the class, said, "Life sure turned out differently than I thought it would when we were in school. A lot has changed."

"It certainly has," Nathan echoed. They knew he had gone into his family's business, which had operated pretty much the same and had been a part of the local community for as long as they could remember. So, they were surprised when he seemed concerned. He asked, "But, have you noticed how we don't want to change when things change?"

Carlos said, "I guess we resist changing because we're afraid of change."

"Carlos, you were Captain of the football team," Jessica said. "I never thought I'd hear you say anything about being afraid!"

They all laughed as they realized that although they had gone off in different directions-from working at home to managing companies-they were experiencing similar feelings.

Everyone was trying to cope with the unexpected changes that were happening to them in recent years. And most admitted that they did not know a good way to handle them.

Then Michael said, "I used to be afraid of change. When a big change came along in our business, we didn't know what to do. So we didn't adjust and we almost lost it.

"That is," he continued, "until I heard a funny little story that changed everything."

"How so?" Nathan asked.

"Well, the story changed the way I looked at change-from losing something to gaining something-and it showed me how to do it. After that, things quickly improved-at work and in my life.

"At first I was annoyed with the obvious simplicity of the story because it sounded like something we might have been told in school.

"Then I realized I was really annoyed with myself for not seeing the obvious and doing what works when things change.

"When I realized the four characters in the story represented the various parts of myself, I decided who I wanted to act like and I changed.

"Later, I passed the story on to some people in our company and they passed it on to others, and soon our business did much better, because most of us adapted to change better. And like me, many people said it helped them in their personal lives.

"However there were a few people who said they got nothing out of it. They either knew the lessons and were already living them, or, more commonly, they thought they already knew everything and didn't want to learn. They couldn't see why so many others were benefiting from it.

"When one of our senior executives, who was having difficulty adapting, said the story was a waste of his time, other people kidded him saying they knew which character he was in the story-meaning the one who learned nothing new and did not change."

"What's the story?" Angela asked.

"It's called Who Moved My Cheese?"

The group laughed. "Ithink I like it already," Carlos said. "Would you tell us the story? Maybe we can get something from it."

"Sure," Michael replied. "I'd be happy to-it doesn't take long." And so he began:

The Story of Who Moved My Cheese?

Once, long ago in a land far away, there lived four little characters who ran through a

maze looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two were mice named "Sniff" and "Scurry" and two were littlepeople-beings who were as small as mice but who looked and acted a lot like people today. Their names were "Hem" and "Haw."

Due to their small size, it would be easy not to notice what the four of them were doing. But if you looked closely enough, you could discover

the most amazing things!


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