This book is definitely a mindset changer- especially for young folks who are going through rapid change in this crazy, awesome world.
I see a lot of 1 star reviews on this lately. I knew it was a best seller so I bought it. Then I looked at the reviews and almost did not listen to it based on all the bad reviews. However this book is great. I see that it can be viewed as a childish story but that is because most people would rather not apply what they think is beneath them.
Here is the problem you want to find a book with a lot of good reviews however 98% of the population is poor so don't always listen to the poor people.
I'm facing a major change now. Was truly immobilized by fear. A friend recommended this book. I'm still afraid but, now I'll be the first person standing when asked "Who's Afraid of Charge ". I know I'll pull out of this faster,better, smarter. If I had had this book 6 mo. ago,I would have acknowledge the things I had been seeing and done something about it. This should be read by every person every 6 mo. minimum ! Will be buying this for family & friends.
I bought this book because the subject of the book “Factory Man”, John Bassett III, mentioned that he had read it and found it useful. I liked the man and his hard headed stubborn fight for domestic manufacturing, so I bought “Who Moved My Cheese” on that whim.
As I listened to the book and the 4 cute characters Sniff and Scurry, the mice, and the little-people, Hem and Haw, as they dealt with the trials and rewards of living in the maze; I found myself thinking that these life lessons should not have to be learned by smart business men as adults. I have sense learned that there is a wonderful children’s version of the book that is brilliantly illustrated.
Upon consideration, I believe that adult little people do know these lessons already. The problem is that complex little adults can become bogged down in their own business dogma. In their arrogance they have come to believe that they are entitled to cheese; thus, the MY CHEESE part of the title. They get so into team playing, herd mindedness, and focused on the now of their lives, they fail to appreciate that the business maze is evolving / changing and if one fails to adapt they go extinct as a company. The mice on-the-other-hand represents the less complex more childlike creatures keenly attuned to supple changes in the maze and adapt quickly to change, using their primary survival senses.
Anecdotal story is the best way of overcoming the group think, herd mentality, obstinate patterns of an ossified business thinking model. One must persuade the other individual to remove their blinders and see differently otherwise they remain convinced that (A) nothing is wrong or (B) nothing needs change. The beauty of this reminder is in its childlike simplicity. These lessons are best learned in childhood. But if they are not learned; this book is not a bad way to learn or relearn them. So business man, I recommend you get a copy for yourself and buy the illustrated children’s version for your progeny.