Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr Spencer Johnson is one of my favourite business books for three reasons :-
- It is short book. It has a very powerful message contained in 96 pages.
- It’s a great story and easy to read.
- It deals with change in your work and life.
I love change. But that is part of my behavioural profile, and from our use of profiling tools I know that I am in a small minority. Most people do not like or are suspicious of change. That’s ok, and change management is all about communication. Who Moved My Cheese really helps with the change process.
It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving. In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. You’ll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to.