“Who Moved My Cheese?”a good, little, self-help book. It's a very short book—about 90 pages, big type, and lots of white space. <注1> In fact, If you're planning to sit back and read an book over the weekend, you'd better have a inclination for this one.
Despite its small size, Who Moved My Cheese? is masterful at helping people deal with a substantial, psychological roadblock-change.<注2> It tells the story of two mice (Sniff and Scurry)<注3> and two "little people" (Hem and Haw)<注4> trapped in a maze. Cheese is a metaphor for whatever you want in your life. For the mice, it's cheese. For the "little people," it could be success, happiness, or financial security.
Dr. Spencer Johnson took the world by storm<注5> with his book, Who Moved My Cheese?, about dealing with change in the workplace and in one's personal life, which was on the New York Times Bestseller list for over 2 years and sold more than 20 thousand copies!
"As you read the parable and watch how Sniff sniffs out<注6> the changes going on around him and how Scurry scurries into action<注7> quickly rather than waiting to see how things turn out, you can discover that if you keep things simple and stay in touch with reality you can do better." He said. "However, if you hem and haw<注8> because of your beliefs and emotions, and you fear change, then you do not do well in changing times."
Dr. Johnson is a popular speaker, whose change-management presentations focus on "The Cheese Story" with practical applications. <注9> He has often been referred to as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions, and his motivational speaking style with audience interaction helps people in organizations see how they can thrive in these changing times.<注10>
"The Cheese Story" allows the audience to step outside of their own fears and concerns about change, identify with one of the characters, and gain a new "Cheese" vocabulary that quickens the change process. <注11> People then begin to see things differently and start to act in new ways to help themselves and their organization adapt and succeed.
Johnson speaks about management techniques, how to get what you want in an unfixed work environment, and how to succeed by dealing with change in the world around us. "The more experience I get, the more I notice that the best answers are always easy. Usually they are surprisingly easy, or even embarrassingly easy. Things that I've grappled with in my own life I saw as complicated and difficult, and I used to resent easy answers."<注12>
"However, all has changed. I now feel that if what I am discovering is complex or complicated, it's probably part of the problem, and if it's clear and simple it's probably part of the answer."
In fact, his insights<注13> into human nature and business had a revolutionary effect on the way managers go about creating the kind of work environment that motivates workers and people trying every way overcoming difficulties in the life. This book has been considered one of the most influential and successful books on business and management ever published.
Spencer Johnson is an internationally respected and thoughtful<注14> writer and a Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard Business School.<注15> His books are often featured<注16> in the media, including CNN, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today etc.17 His books are available world wide in twenty-six languages.■