An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life
By Dr. Spencer Johnson
The Who Moved My Cheese? (20th-anniversary edition) book cover .Credit: Vermilion.
The book in three words?
Powerful - Playful - Profound
What is it about?
International bestselling author, Dr. Spencer Johnson’s Who Moved My Cheese? is a short
read that packs a punch. Smart principles are written in a beautifully simple and humorous
way, eradicating confusion and allowing for light-hearted but life-changing enlightenment.
The story follows four distinctive characters that scavenge through a maze for cheese.
This ‘cheese’ represents what each character views as success. During the parable, we
witness how the characters react differently to the cheese-related incidents that take place.
Seeing ourselves in these characters provides many moments for reflection on how we
So, who did move my cheese?
Despite being the title question, the book teaches us that, ‘who moved my cheese?’ is not
an important question to be focusing on when change comes about. Johnson directly lays
out that we should focus on who we want to be in moments of change rather than finding
who we can blame for ‘moving our cheese’. We are reminded that we shouldn’t take
ourselves too seriously and embrace what change can bring.
Who is this book for?
Who Moved My Cheese? has a very wide appeal because it deals with one of life’s
inescapable certainties - change. The values of the parable can be applied to many
situations - so if you are a human who has to face changes (spoiler alert - you are) it is
worth a read.
What do members of The Camelot Network think?
“A fantastic book introduced to me many years ago. It’s a quick and simple read but the
power of the message about how we approach change is incredibly strong”
- Marisa Murton, Director and Principal Data Scientist of Solvlab- Analytics
“Who Moved My Cheese? uses the metaphor of collecting cheese to illustrate the challenges
of changing from the “norm” and the reaction of people with different ways of thinking. It
explores ways of recognising, understanding, and embracing change in all aspects of
your life. This is a good book for those faced with external change, it’s short, fun, and
understandable, but may lack depth for experienced change practitioners.”
- James Downes, Founder and CEO of House of Insurtech
To sum it up:
The simplicity of the story and the messages it contains, leave you feeling refreshed and
ready for whatever life has to throw at you. So what are you waiting for? Go give it a
Want to know more?
Go to http://spencerjohnson.com/books/
Or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Chloe Allison