Who Moved My Cheese?


For reasons to be explained later, I’m buying this book based on a suggestion from Kimberly. From the flap:

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.

Seeing as how I am an incredible creature of habit – – it may be an interesting read for me. Not that I’m inflexible – – I’m just . . . let’s say, used to the way things are, and while change is and can be very exciting – it carries with it a certain amount of stress at the same time.

But when my cheese gets moved — it does take a bit of time for me to adjust. But I do – eventually, adjust.

Thanks Kimberly!

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24 thoughts on “Who Moved My Cheese?”

  1. mrs. knight went to something on that book for work. Said it was really good. I guess we have it somewhere around here…

  2. There is a video as well and it is pretty entertaining.

    I hate change. I want my cheese to stay exactly where it is at all times. However, sometimes new cheese is a good thing. This book taught me a lot about accepting and embracing it.

  3. But what if Bob’s planning on using his thingie later? I know a lot of guys who are planning on using their thingie for New Years Eve! 😈

  4. Can I click on Bob’s thingie at work? what happens if I keep double clicking on Bob’s thingie? do you have the expanded link to Bob’s Thingie? It seems that Bob’s thingie has given a lot of people pleasure….:twisted:

  5. When you’re done with that, grab “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Steven Covey, preferably on CD rather than the book; although I have both. The CD is great because listening to him is much better than reading him.

  6. “Cheese” is an excellent book, not only to read and try to understand but also to re-read (i have both hard copy and on tape for my lovely long commute) … and try to listen to it at least once every three or so months or whenever i start to notice myself getting stuck in a rut. You will not go wrong in buying either tape or hard copy. Definitely a must have Book

  7. Ahem. You give yourself too little credit, hon.

    Who was it who quit full-time nursing and went into business for herself?

    I’m not saying that you wouldn’t benefit from the book hell, it’s good to remind ourselves all the time that life can throw us curve balls, but it would seem to ME that you’re well adjusted and someone I know who’s NOT in need of self-help books.

    Bitch, please. 🙂

    Oh yeah, one more thing, HAPPY NEW YEAR, Lisa hon. May 2005 be the best year, ever! Love & hugs xoxo

  8. Margi – you do have a point. But getting to the point where I actually gave my resignation and made the leap into self employment was a painful process for me . . exciting as hell, but scary and painful.

    While I don’t like change to often – – I do embrace it once I’ve resolved myself to it. It’s just getting from point A to point B always required much thought, apprehension, some hesitation, LOTS of denial and then the eventual conclusion and committment lol

    Happy New Year to you too, sweetie! xoxo

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  10. It’s not a bad book. I read it when I worked for MCI. MCI was ALWAYS changing. In fact we had a running joke around the office that the letters MCI stood for “Many Changes Instantly!” heh! Very quick read and a very simple concept – I only wish I had thought to write it and become a millionaire!

  11. This book is the biggest piece of management propaganda I have ever read in my life.
    Amazing that the cheese providers and maze makers are never challenged or even mentioned in this book.

  12. Lisa,
    This is a great book for change in business. Talks about opening your mind, and thinking out of the box. I have used it for implementing SAP in large companies for years.

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