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Camelot Curates: Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?

An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work and In Your Life

By Dr. Spencer Johnson

Reviewed by Chloe Allison

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 approach change.

The book in three words?

Powerful –  Playful – Profound

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 read!

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