BOOK REVIEW BY:- Manish ranjan Singh BBDU, IMED, PUNE MBA (GENErAl), DIv- B roll No- 65
ABOUT THE AUTHORDr. Spencer Johnson is known for the Value Talesseries of childrens books, and for his 1998motivational book Who Moved My Cheese?: AnAmazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work andin Your Life, which recurred on the New York TimesBestseller list, on the Publishers Weekly Hardcovernonfiction list. Johnson is chairman of SpencerJohnson Partners.Johnson also wrote the book "Yes" or "No": The Guide to BetterDecisions (1992), which has been translated into a number oflanguages including Italian, Spanish, Korean and German. He co-authored the One Minute Manager series of books with managementwriter Ken Blanchard, though each author has added their own booksto the series. His latest book is Peaks And Valleys.Johnsons books have been translated into twenty-six languages.Spencer Johnson was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, graduated fromNotre Dame High School of Sherman Oaks, California, in 1957, receiveda B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern Californiain 1963, and his M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.Johnson currently lives in Hawaii and New Hampshire.
ABOUT THE BOOK Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson, M.D., Foreword by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D.Publisher: Putnam • There are four characters :- Hem and Haw – Little people Sniff and Scurry – Rats • All four characters search for Cheese in the maze
• Cheese is the Metaphor Cheese is what you want in life – o Whether it is good job o A loving relationship o Money or a Possession o Health or spiritual peace of mindWhy this book ? Have you ever wondered if there was an amazing way to deal with changein your work and in your life? If yes, then, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by DrSpencer Johnson is exactly what you need. What attracted me to read this bookwas the title. It offered food for thought and made me curious. Also, the fact thatit was a small book with only about 96 pages helped a lot!Book Summary Change- The ever constant star in the horizon of our lives- is inevitable.Every individual has a different approach to deal with this change. While some sitback, blame God and pity their luck; some simply refuse to adapt to change. Butthere are others who are always ready and are quick on their feet to make themost of the change.
Short Summary: Cheese is found, moved, then found again. But didsomeone cut the Cheese? Extended Summary: This book starts with A Gathering of several formerschoolmates over lunch. Their conversation leads to work and relationships.Everyone was trying to cope with the unexpected changes that were happeningto them in recent years. And most of them admitted that they did not know agood way to handle them. That is when, Michael, narrated to them this story.A story about four characters- two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two “Littlepeople” named Hem and Haw, living in a maze and looking for cheese to nourishthem and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what one wants in life- agood job, healthy life, a loving relationship or money. And maze is where onelooks for the cheese- workplace, family or community. This is the story of two mice, Sniff and Scurry, and two little people, Hemand Haw. They live in a maze and spend their days in search of cheese. One daythey come upon a great find (Cheese Station C). There is an abundance of cheeseand they settle in, growing fat and lazy. Hem and Haw begin to see themselves as“owners” of the cheese. But then, one day, the cheese is gone. Sniff and Scurryput back on their running shoes and begin to explore the maze, looking for newcheese. Hem and Haw feel bitter as they’ve come to think they’re entitled to thecheese. They have become afraid of the maze and sulk around. But one day Hawdecides it’s time to go out in search of new cheese. Hem refuses to join his quest.Haw finds his running shoes, laces them up and goes out in search of newcheese. Along the way, he finds morsels of cheese, but nothing that can sustainhim for long. He keeps searching as he learns new truths, such as “what you areafraid of is never as bad as what you imagine”. He draws graffiti on the maze,pictures of cheese with tidbits of wisdom inside, in case Hem decides to followhim. Examples include:-
“If You Do Not Change, You Become Extinct.” “What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?” “Movement in a New Direction Helps You Find New Cheese.” “Old Beliefs Do Not Lead You To New Cheese”Along the way, Haw begins to enjoy the journey. He discovers that you “canbelieve that change will harm you and resist it. Or you can believe that findingnew cheese will help you, and embrace the change”. He also begins to use hismind to envision himself finding something that is better. He reflects on hismistakes and plans for the future and, in the end, discovers an even moreabundant cache of cheese than had existed in Cheese Station C. But as he enjoysall the cheese in this new station, he keeps his running shoes nearby for the timehe’ll have to return to the maze in search of cheese.At the end of his journey, Haw summarizes wisdom learned: - Change Happens (They keep moving the cheese) Anticipate Change (Get ready for the cheese to move) Monitor Change (Smell the cheese often so you know when it’s getting old) Adapt to Change Quickly (The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese) Change (Move with the cheese) Enjoy Change! (Savor the Adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese) Be Ready to Change Quickly and Enjoy it Again and Again (They keep moving the cheese)
The mice with their simple brain and good instincts and the Littlepeoplewith their complex brains, filled with many beliefs and emotions, searched forcheese every day. The mice showed the same vigour and enthusiasm everyday while theLittle people awoke each day a little later, dressed a little slower and grewignorant to the consequences once they found cheese.
Theme Of The Book The writings on the wall of the maze made by Haw makes one easilyunderstand how change affects one’s life. After reading each writing on the wall,I was astonished myself thinking about its obvious simplicity and straightforwardnature.• Having Cheese Makes Us Happy• If We Do Not Change, We Can Become Extinct• Smell The Cheese Often So We Know When It’s Getting Old• Movement In A New Direction Helps We Find New Cheese• The Quicker You Let Go Of The Old Cheese, The Sooner We Find New Cheese• It Is Safer To Search In The Maze Than Remain In A Cheeseless Situation• Noticing Small Changes Early Helps Us Adapt To The Bigger Changes That Are To Come• Move With The Cheese And Enjoy It• We must move beyond Our fear to enjoy the Cheese• To have new Cheese We must let go of the old Cheese
Conclusion This book revolutionizes one’s outlook to change and with this new attitude,success in today’s changing times in definitely assured. Irrespective of age,gender and caste, this book is surely to help one and all. It may seem like readinga school book initially because of its simple language and effortless flow but thatis precisely the beauty of this book. It makes one understand the situation andthe solution easily and thus, helps in transforming one’s attitude towardschange.Who Moved My Cheese? , seems to say that no matter what changes, no matterwhat, we should see it as a good thing. Surely, sometimes, change must be a badthing. Surely, sometimes, it should be resisted. Surely, sometimes, we shouldstand to our ground. We must change when the change occurs We must let go off the past and face the future with true spirit We must overcome our fears to achieve our goals
Thank You….! & Enjoy the Change…And the CHEESE…!!!