Who Moved My Cheese (Ebook)

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Who An Amazing Way to Moved Deal With Change My In Your Work and In Your Life Cheese? DR SPENCER JOHNSON Foreword by KENNETH BLANCHARD Ph.D. From the best-selling co-author of The One Minute Manager Who Moved My Cheese? - A Amazing Way to Deal With Change In your Work and In your life. DR SPENCER JOHNSON-Foreword by KENNETH BLANCHARD Ph.D. “Life is no straight and every corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, God will open a door for us, Not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, But one that will ultimately prove good for us.” A. J. Cronin Contents The Story of Who Moved My Cheese?… ................... Error! Bookmark not defined. The Story Behind The Story.........................................................................4 A Gathering...............................................................................................................8 Story..............................................................................................................................10 A Discussion...........................................................................................................37 The Story Behind The Story By Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. I am thrilled to be telling you “the story behind the story of “Who Moved My Cheese?” Because it means the book has now been written, and is available for all of us to read, enjoy and share with others. This is something I’ve wanted to see happen ever since I first heard Spencer Johnson tell his great “Cheese” story, years ago, before we wrote our book The One Minute Manager together. I remember thinking then how good the story was and how helpful it would be to me from that moment on. Who Moved My Cheese? Is a story about change that takes place in a Maze where four amusing characters look for “Cheese”- cheese being a metaphor for what we want to have in life, whether it is a job, a relationship, money, a big house, freedom, health, recognition, spiritual peace, or even an activity like jogging or golf. Each of us has our own idea of what Cheese is, and we pursue it because we believe it makes us happy. If we get it, we often become attached to it. And if we lose it, or it’s taken away, it can be traumatic. The “Maze” in the story represents where you spend time looking for what you want. It can be the organization you work in, the community you live in, or the relationships you have in your life. I tell the Cheese story that you are about to read in my talks around the world, and often hear later from people about what a difference it has made to them. Believe it or not, this little story has been credited with saving careers, marriages and lives! One of the many real-life examples comes from Charlie Jones, a well-respected broadcaster for NBC-TV, who revealed that hearing the story of “Who Moved My Cheese?” saved his career. His job as a broadcaster is unique, but the principles he learned can be used by anyone. Here’s what happened: Charlie had worked hard and had done a great job of broadcasting Track and Field events at an earlier Olympic Games, so he was surprised and upset when his boss told him he’d been removed from these showcase events for the next Olympics and assigned to Swimming and Diving. Not knowing these sports as well, he was frustrated. He felt unappreciated and he became angry. He said he felt it wasn’t fair! His anger began to affect everything he did. Then, he heard the story of “Who Moved My Cheese?” After that he said he laughed at himself and changed his attitude. He realized his boss had just “moved his Cheese.” So he adapted. He learned the two new sports, and in the process, found that doing something new made him feel young. It wasn’t long before his boss recognized his new attitude and energy, and he soon got better assignments. He went on to enjoy more success than ever and was later inducted into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame – Broadcaster’s Alley. That’s just one of the many real-life stories. I’ve heard about the impact this story has had on people-from their work life to their love life. I’m such a strong believer in the power or “Who Moved My Cheese?” that I recently gave a copy of an early pre-publication edition to everyone (more than 200 people) working with our company. Why? Because like every company that wants to not only survive in the future but stay competitive, Blanchard Training & Development is constantly changing. They keep moving our “cheese.’ While in the past we may have wanted loyal employees, today we need flexible people who are not possessive about “the way things are done around here.’ And yet, as you know, living in constant white water with the changes occurring all the time at work or in life can be stressful, unless people have a way of looking at change that helps them understand it. Enter the Cheese story. When I told people about the story and then they got to read Who Moved My Cheese? You could almost feel the release of negative energy beginning to occur. Person after person from every department went out of their way to thank me for the Book and told me how helpful it had been to them already in seeing the changes going on in our company in a different light. Believe me, this brief parable takes little time to read but its impact can be profound. As you turn the pages, you will find three sections in this book. In the first, A Gathering, former classmates talk at a class reunion about trying to deal with the changes happening in their lives. The second section is The Story Of Who Moved My Cheese? the core of the book. In the third section, A Discussion, people discuss what The Story meant to them and how they are going to use it in their work and in their lives. Some readers of this book’s early manuscript preferred to stop at the end of The Story, without reading further, and interpret its meaning for themselves. Others enjoyed reading A Discussion that follows because it stimulated their thinking about how they might apply what they’d learned to their own situation. In any case, I hope each time you re-read Who Moved My Cheese? You will find something new and useful in it, as I do, and that it will help you deal with change and bring you success, whatever you decide success is for you. I hope you enjoy what you discover and I wish you well. Remember: Move with the Cheese! Ken Blanchard San Diego,1998. A Gathering Chicago One sunny Sunday in Chicago, several former classmates gathered for lunch, having attended their high school reunion the night before. They wanted to hear more about what was happening in each other’s lives. After a good deal of kidding, and a good meal, they settled into an interesting conversation. Angela, who had been one of the most popular people in the class, said, “Life sure turned out differently than I thought it would when we were in school. A lot has changed.” “It certainly has, “ Nathan echoed. They knew he had gone into his family’s business, which had operated pretty much the same and had been a part of the local community for as long as they could remember. So, they were surprised when he seemed concerned. He asked, “But, have you noticed how we don’t want to change when things change?” Carlos said, “I guess we resist changing because we’re afraid of change.” “Carlos, you were Captain of the football team,” Jessica said. “I never thought I’d hear you say anything about being afraid!” They all laughed as they realized that although they had gone off in different directions- from working at home to managing companies-they were experiencing similar feelings. Everyone was trying to cope with the unexpected changes that were happening to them in recent years. And most admitted that they did not know a good way to handle them. Then Michael said, “I used to be afraid of change. When a big change came along in our business, we didn’t know what to do. So we didn’t do anything differently and we almost lost it. “That is,” he continued, “until I heard a funny little story that changed everything.” “How so?” Nathan asked. “Well, the story altered the way I looked at change, and after that, things quickly improved for me – at work and in my life. “Then-I passed the story on to some people in our company and they passed it on to others, and soon our business did much better, because we all adapted to change better. And like me, many people said it helped them in their personal lives.” “What’s the story?” Angela asked. “It’s called, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?” The group laughed. “I think I like it already,” Carlos said. “Would you tell us the story?” “Sure,” Michael replied. “I’d be happy to- It doesn’t take long.” And so he began. Story Once, long ago in a land far away, there lived four little characters who ran through a maze looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two were mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two were little people – beings who were as small as mice but who looked and acted a lot like people today. Their names were “Hem” and “Haw.” Due to their small size, it would be easy not to notice what the four of them were doing. But if you looked closely enough, you could discover the most amazing things! Everyday the mice and the little people spent time in the maze looking for their own special cheese. The mice, Sniff and Scurry, possessing only simple rodent brains, but good instincts, searching for the hard nibbling cheese they like, as mice often do. The two littlepeople, Hem and How, used their brains, filled with many beliefs, to search for a very different kind of cheese- with a Capital C- which they believed would make them feel happy and successful. As different as the mice and littlepeople were, they shared something in common; every morning, they each put on their jogging suits and running shoes, left their little homes, and raced out into the maze looking for their favorite cheese. Document Outline
  • Who
  • An Amazing Way to
        • Moved
      • Deal With Change
    • My
  • The Story Behind The Story
  • By Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D.
  • Ken Blanchard
  • A Gathering
  • Chicago
  • Story
  • A Discussion
  • Later That Same Day