Book Review: Who Moved My Cheese?

Peninsula Team

September 09 2011

Who Moved My Cheese? written by Dr Spencer Johnson is a light and amusing book which is very insightful, whilst at the same time being humorous. The basis of the book is how you adapt to change- do you look for change, accept change, initially hide from change or just blank out refuse change at all costs?

The story unfolds via the medium of two mice, Scurry and Sniff, and two 'small people', Hem and Haw. The four characters all live in a maze, which represents the pressure's of life and the outside world. They spend their days looking for cheese in the confusing world of the maze.

Without giving too much away the book follows the four characters as they search for cheese. The quest for cheese takes different angles and views, which is the essence of how the book connects it's message to the reader. Throughout following the adventures of Hem, Haw, Scurry and Sniff many valuable lessons are learnt, which are quite literally written on the wall.

The story is short and can be read in under an hour, yet offers a wise insight into how you adapt yourself throughout your life. The realisations of Dr Johnson's writings can transfer into your business approach in the workplace, your social relationships and your family interaction.

The juvenile and novel approach of the story may seem quite simplistic, yet that adds to the beauty and appeal of this bestseller. The way such a meaningful message can be passed through the tale of mice and cheese means that this can be a quick learning curve for not only C.E.O's, managers and workers, children too can easily pick up early the message and also means you can flick through the pages without having to re-read any confusing jargon.

Not only does it appeal to children and adults, it is a refreshing way that motivational books are written, helping it to pass through hands of managers very easily as the moral of the book is so easy and quick to relate to. Once you read this story you will be able to see why it stands out from other management books, and why it is so highly regarded and subsequently passed on and read.

I would urge anyone who hasn't already read this book to pick up a copy as quickly as possible and see for yourself what it can mean to you. Each person who reads this can easily take their own values and lessons, and while you chuckle and read along I think it would be a wise idea to ask yourself which character are you?

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