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05 Jan, 2009

Who Moved My Cheese – Book Review

Posted by: The Coaching Academy In: Book Reviews

Who Moved My CheeseWho Moved My Cheese
by Dr Spencer Johnson (Ebury Press, 1999)
Reviewed by Ayoola Kaffo

If you haven’t read, seen or heard of ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ before and you are asking yourself right now, “what’s cheese got to do with anything?”, then I would say you really ought to read this book to find out what your cheese is. I remember reading this book initially in April 2006 and I have since then read it at least 3 times over. The ‘cheese story’ as it is referred to stimulates my thinking each time I read it.
I had a discussion with my best friend, Adenrele, the morning after I initially read about the cheese story. We talked about business and investment opportunities in and around the world, the advances in technological developments that has taken place over the years, the endless possibilities all around and everywhere and new opportunities waiting for grabs. That’s what reading ‘Who moved My Cheese’ did, it profoundly changed my point of view and my evaluation of the world. Suddenly I could see clearly, it appeared I had been walking through life with my eyes closed.

‘Who Moved my Cheese’ is a good book, well written, easy to understand that one could almost miss its important and relevant message due to it’s simplicity. With only 93 pages, it took me about 2-3 hours to read, I could have read it in less time. I learnt from this book not to get too comfortable in any situation, to keep moving, to seek, recognise and find new opportunities. "There is always new cheese out there whether you recognise it at the time or not". Hidden in the cheese story is what the biggest inhibitor to better things is, the crucial factors for success and how to cope better in finding new cheese and loads more.

To sum up the book, ‘Who Moved My Cheese’: I’ll say great things come in small packages. A small, simple but significant book.

2 Responses to "Who Moved My Cheese – Book Review"

1 | Alan Uren

January 7th, 2009 at 2:22 pm


I use this book constantly, both when I was the MD of a National Electrical retailer and since I have been coaching over the last 5 years.

Although Spencer Johnson as an organisation will sell you an approved course with all the materials, it is aimed at single company use and would you believe they are not interested in the ”new cheese” of authorising independent coaches!!

I have been able to put together very successful workshops for my clients, just using the messages in the book.

It would be great however, if they changed their rules ( and read their own book!!) to allowe our industry the opportunity to really promote the lessons more widely

Alan Uren, Managing Director,

2 | Rosana Francescato

July 18th, 2010 at 1:27 am


I enjoyed this book, but perhaps because I’ve grown so accustomed to change, it didn’t make a huge impression on me. I think how it affects people depends on where they are in their life and to what extent they’ve been forced to deal with change. I’m not saying I’m always great at it, but I’ve come to expect it.

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