Friday, 11 May 2012

Book review: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ is a short (should take you no more than 30 – 60 minutes) parable like book about dealing with, and embracing change.  I would rate this book 3 / 5.

At the core of the book is a short story about two mice and two mice sized humans who live in a maze and have to find cheese every day.  When the cheese in one location runs out the story has the mice run off in look for new cheese while the humans complain and bemoan the fact that there is no cheese left in them.  The story has one human slowly embracing the need for change while the other is too scared and stubborn to change.

This book is not necessarily about business but about change generally.  To emphasise this point the author includes a post script to the story where group of friends are chatting about the lessons they took from the story with some applying the lessons to their career, business and even relationships.

‘Who Moved My Cheese’ is written very simplistically (sometimes overly so) but by keeping it as a parable the reader finds it easy to apply the lessons in the story to their own life.  The reader is
encouraged to ask “Where am I resisting change” or “Where can I embrace change in my life”. 

ü  Gives the reader a simple framework for evaluating and embracing change in their life

ü  Given the parable like nature of the book the reader is left to think about and work out how the story affects their life

û  The forward and post script to the story were, in my view, largely irrelevant.  The author could have kept the story as it was and still brought out the same ideas (admittedly the book would have been even shorter if this was the case)

û  The author encourages the reader to embrace change but seems to suggest that change is always good which didn’t sit too well with me

·        A good short read especially for those who have either gone through a big change recently and are having trouble dealing with it or for those who feel that they are stuck in a rut
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