Adapting to change is undoubtedly difficult and stressful for most people. In Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way To Deal With Change In Your Work And In Your Life, Spencer Johnson reveals how people can adapt to change in a positive manner. Beginning with an introduction by Kenneth Blanchard, the book reveals the story behind the main story. Johnson, in this book, employs the parable form to give readers insight on change and how to cope with it.
The book narrates the tale of four creatures, two mice and two tiny humans who are on a hunt for cheese. The author encapsulates the four predictable and typical reactions when the cheese is moved. Sniff and Scurry, the mice, and Hem and Haw, the humans, are initially happy with the seemingly unending supply at Cheese Station C, but are discontent when the supply starts getting depleted. Who Moved My Cheese takes this situation and discusses the best ways to react in such a situation. Instead of blaming others or resisting change, Spencer advises the readers to anticipate, monitor, adapt and enjoy the change. This short tale reminds readers that change should not hinder progress.
This tale of the four characters in the maze is similar to that of all the people who are hunting for good jobs, money, stable relationships and success. Spencer Johnson shows us how we can successfully deal with the inevitable changes in life. First published in 1998, the book has remained popular among readers of all ages. The book was on the New York Times business bestseller list for five years and has sold over 26 million copies and translated to many languages.
(November 24, 1938 – July 3, 2017) was an American physician and author, known for the ValueTales series of children's books, and for his 1998 motivational book Who Moved My Cheese?, which recurred on the New York Times Bestseller list, on the Publishers Weekly Hardcover nonfiction list. Johnson was chairman of Spencer Johnson Partners. Rightly known as the king of parables, is an eminent and respected motivational speaker, writer, and management consultant. His best known works include Value Tales series, The Present, Paradoxical Commandments, The One Minute Manager, “Yes" or "No": The Guide to Better Decisions, and Peaks And Valleys. His works have gained popularity for his simple solutions to complex problems. His practical and universal principles have garnered much interest from readers all over the world. Born in South Dakota, Spencer graduated from Notre Dame High School and has a BA in psychology from the University of Southern California. He completed his MD from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Johnson is also the chairman of Spencer Johnson Partners.