Who Moved My Cheese?: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.
It would be all so easy if you had a map to the Maze.
If the same old routines worked.
If they'd just stop moving "The Cheese."
But things keep changing...
Most people are fearful of change, both personal and professional, because they don't have any control over how or when it happens to them. Since change happens either to the individual or by the individual, Dr. Spencer Johnson, the co-author of the multimillion best seller The One Minute Manager, uses a deceptively simple story to show that when it comes to living in a rapidly changing world, what matters most is your attitude.
Exploring a simple way to take the fear and anxiety out of managing the future, Who Moved My Cheese? can help you discover how to anticipate, acknowledge, and accept change in order to have a positive impact on your job, your relationships, and every aspect of your life.
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 39 minutes|
|Author||Spencer Johnson, Kenneth Blanchard|
|Narrator||Tony Roberts, Karen Ziemba|
|Audible.ca Release Date||July 24 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,264 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#13 in Human Resource Management
#13 in Stress Management (Audible Books & Originals)
#16 in Human Resources & Personnel Management (Books)
Reviewed in Canada on July 21, 2022
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Here's the takeaway to let you know if you might want to read more about it or not:
-Change is inevitable in life, and many times there's no going back to how things were
-Feeling sorry for yourself only makes it worse
-Failing to react quickly also makes it worse
-Part of the process of change will be enjoyable if you allow it to
Reminds me of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in many ways.
Is it useful info? Yeah, kind of.
Is it a classic? Nah, not for me at least.
I am no psychologist, but I feel if this book has made you angry and/or you claim to have gotten "absolutely nothing" from it (there are indeed reviews like this), it was probably written for people exactly like you. You need to take a deep breath, stop being so serious and angry and take a 3rd person view at yourself.
I want a new book, please!!!
By Experimenting on July 20, 2022
I want a new book, please!!!
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You then have a couple of pages where old friends engage in a completely natural conversation with lines such as:
'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".'
It also has the audacity to tell you that if people don't find this story life-changing or worthwhile, it's because in most cases, they're the "bad" character from the story - unwilling to change.
'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' - p.23
'When one of our senior executives who was having a difficult time adapting, said the story was a waste of 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' - p. 23
You then have the grand, life-changing story which is clunky, cheesy (pun intended!), simple and obvious. There's not much to say about the lessons this story is trying to convey, because it would take me more time I'm willing to waste on it. It simplifies things and offends the intelligence of anyone reading. Every other page is an image of cheese with some corny, quotable line such as "When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course". The story is written in the most patronizing and infantile voice that it almost seems like the author thinks he's speaking to idiots. He probably does think that, because the next chapter consists of the same gathering of friends talking about how wonderful the story is, how it changed businesses, each person talks about how it applies to their life, and what each thing in it meant - from the names of characters to events and absolutely everything in between. Just in case you didn't get it!
Horrible waste of time. I don't remember what was the last time a book offended me this much. But hey, I'm probably just a Hem - unwilling to change and understand the brilliancy of this story. The last quote from this book, probably my favourite, very much explains how I feel about all of it.
'That's what I got out of the story. I tend to take myself too seriously. I noticed how Haw changed when he could finally laugh at himself and at what he was doing. No wonder he was called Haw"
The group groaned at the obvious play on words.'
But it's meant to be so simplistic that the thought is focused on the message rather than the storyline. You are sure to find yourself associating with three out of the four characters and although most wont admit to being the character Hem there are many out there just like him and stuck in their past.
So many people see themselves as flexible but back up their stubborn stance as expertise gained from experience. Well we would all be walking around in loin clothes and grunting at each other if progress was restricted by experience.
This short easy to read book is well worth keeping in your library to remind yourself from time to time how easy it is to get stuck in the past. I have my copy, and purchased this one for my 17 year old nephew to help him see how to move on and leave his childhood old cheese behind.
Change is often seen as a bad thing and although it's not always easy to accept, sometimes there is no alternative and the best way to deal with it is to make the best you can out of it. Surely good advice.
Not everyone will want to contemplate the message of the book and often the ones stuck in their ways will argue the toss loudest. But there is an audience for this kind of book and out of the 26 million people who have purchased it there are bound to be arguments on both sides of the fence. That's what having an opinion is about isn't it?
I would like you to know I read Who Moved My Cheese? On my way home last night.
I found it so enlightening! I feel like even when it comes to managing change us humans tend to overcomplicate things and make simple tasks way more complex than they need to be. Seeing it put in such a basic format made the information easier to digest – Mice, littlepeople & cheese!
I also really appreciated how the book focusses on how most of the time we scare ourselves out of enjoying change because we don’t know what will happen, Its like spinning a wheel where 9 slots have £1m and 1 slot has instantaneous death😃
I see how people love to panic when change comes around (literally me as soon as any insignificant thing in my life changes) and it’s a waste of energy.
However, I will say the one thing I didn’t like in the book was when they mentioned that you should anticipate change – that made me a bit nervous because I would feel as if I’d always have to be on edge and that would make me feel almost paranoid that change is coming to get me, so I will definitely be taking that with a pinch of salt.
But overall, an amazing read I think my sister will benefit greatly from reading it too! Thanks Michelle 😊
Plus she has added today :
I’ve also spoken about the book on a couple of my social media channels and quite a few of my friends have decided it would be a very insightful read.