With over 2.5 million copies sold worldwide, Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple parable that reveals profound truths It is the amusing and enlightening story of four characters who live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life, for example a good job, a loving relationship, money or possessions, health or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you look for what you want, perhaps the organisation you work in, or the family or community you live in. The problem is that the cheese keeps moving. In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. One of them eventually deals with change successfully and writes what he has learned on the maze walls for you to discover. You'll learn how to anticipate, adapt to and enjoy change and be ready to change quickly whenever you need to. Discover the secret of the writing on the wall for yourself and enjoy less stress and more success in your work and life. Written for all ages, this story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights will last a lifetime. Spencer Johnson, MD, is one of the world's leading authors of inspirational writing. He has written many New York Times bestsellers, including the worldwide phenomenon Who Moved My Cheese? and, with Kenneth Blanchard, The One Minute Manager. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages.
An A-Mazing Parody About Change and How We Can Get Our Hands On Yours
Author: Stilton Jarlsberg
"Who Cut The Cheese?" is the updated 2011 edition of the razor-sharp parody dedicated to the millions of readers who either enjoyed or suffered through the motivational bestseller "Who Moved My Cheese?(tm)" "Who Cut the Cheese?" is a parable in which four characters must find a way through a maze in their hunt for "Cheese." But this cheese is actually symbolic of the things that we all want out of life: success and self-confidence, a nice house, a loving marital relationship, perfect children, a loyal dog, indoor plumbing, good Chinese food, several million tax-free dollars, and red-hot sex with multiple partners. The "Maze" in this story is symbolic of the twisting, turning, confusing, mugger-filled blind alleys of Your Life. And since you're being compared to a rat in this book, the whole "Maze" analogy works like a charm. When you come to see the "Psycho-babble on the Wall," you can discover for yourself how to deal with change and how to find the Cheese that will make your life joyous and fulfilling. Failing that, feel free to take crayons and color in the many pictures. It's fun, it's therapeutic, and it will keep anyone else from ever using your now useless e-reader.
Making Good And Bad Times Work For You--At Work An
Author: Spencer Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Business & Economics
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Moved My Cheese?, a brilliant new parable that shows readers how to stay calm and successful, even in the most challenging of environments. A young man lives unhappily in a valley. One day he meets an old man who lives on a mountain peak. At first the young man doesn’t realize that he is talking to one of the most peaceful and successful people in the world. But in the course of further encounters and conversations, the young man comes to understand that he can apply the old man’s remarkable principles and practical tools to his own life to change it for the better. Spencer Johnson knows how to tell a deceptively simple story that teaches deep lessons. The One Minute Manager (co-written with Ken Blanchard) sold 15 million copies and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for more than twenty years. Since it was published a decade ago, Who Moved My Cheese? has sold more than 25 million copies. In fact there are more than 46 million copies of Spencer Johnson’s books in print, in forty-seven languages—and with today’s economic uncertainty, his new book could not be more relevant. Pithy, wise, and empowering, Peaks and Valleys is clearly destined to becomeanother Spencer Johnson classic.
For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze
Author: Deepak Malhotra
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
Who Moved My Cheese? – the biggest selling business book of all time with over 25 million copies in print — has some decent advice about adapting to change, but it also teaches us to passively accept the world as is. Through a new fable with new characters Harvard Business School professor and bestselling author (Negotiation Genius, 50,000 copies sold), Deepak Malhotra directly challenges that message. He encourages people never to stop asking questions, to examine their assumptions and to control their own destiny rather than chasing blindly after it.
A Simple Way to Change Your Thinking & Unlock Success
Author: Spencer Johnson
Publisher: Random House
Who Moved My Cheese? offered millions of readers relief for an evergreen problem: unanticipated and unwelcome change. Now its long-awaited sequel digs deeper, to show how readers can adapt their beliefs and achieve better results in any field. Johnson's theme is that all of our accomplishments are due to our beliefs: whether we're confident or insecure, cynical or positive, open-minded or inflexible. But it's difficult to change your beliefs - and with them, your outcomes. Find out how Hem, Haw, and the other characters from Who Moved My Cheese? deal with this challenge.
The New One Minute Manager offers a way for you to succeed sooner with less stress in changing times—both at work and at home. Based on the original book The One Minute Manager that helped millions of people around the world in organizations large and small, this new version of the classic story deals with a new world. The book will help you find meaning in your work and inspire you to discover new ways to help your organization adapt and prosper. The New One Minute Manager is a concise, easily read story that reveals three very practical secrets: One Minute Goals, One Minute Praisings, and One Minute Re-Directs, the new third secret. The story is based on studies in the behavioral sciences and medicine that support why these apparently simple methods work so well with so many people. And by the book's end, you will know how to apply what you discover to your own situation and enjoy the benefits.
15 Ways to Say What You Mean...and Mean What You Say
Author: Bill McFarlan
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
"As GMTV anchor, I interview hundreds of people every year. However well they interview, every single person would find it easier to explain their case by following these simple principles." EAMONN HOLMES, GMTV Presenter "[Drop the Pink Elephant]...tackle[s] every aspect of personal communication in a crisp, entertaining style." THE PLAIN ENGLISH SOCIETY "There can be no whitewash at the White House." (Richard Nixon). These nine words turned the American nation against their President. Why? Because people hadn't linked the White House with a cover up until Nixon himself made the connection. His own denial created the story. It is perhaps the most famous Pink Elephant in history. But what exactly is a 'Pink Elephant'? Pink Elephants are the unnecessary negatives that clutter your conversation and meaning, sending out the wrong signals to anyone you communicate with. In Drop the Pink Elephant, Bill McFarlan reveals how to avoid the deadly trap of allowing poor communication skills to obscure your meaning and reduce your effectiveness. Drop the Pink Elephant is filled with helpful, simple and practical advice on how to make your words count for more. Put these straightforward lessons into practice and you will notice immediately how much more effectively you are able to communicate with others. Sharpen your conversation by: * FIRST SPOTTING, THEN DROPPING THE PINK ELEPHANT * GETTING RID OF THE JARGON * LEARNING TO SPEAK IN PICTURES * RECOGNISING WHEN YOU SHOULD APOLOGISE OR THANK PEOPLE * CAPTIVATING AN AUDIENCE N.B. No animals were hurt in the making of this book. (Can you spot your first Pink Elephant?)
A Leadership Fable...About Solving the Most Painful Problem in Business
Author: Patrick M. Lencioni
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Casey McDaniel had never been so nervous in his life. In just ten minutes, The Meeting, as it would forever beknown, would begin. Casey had every reason to believe thathis performance over the next two hours would determine the fate ofhis career, his financial future, and the company he had built fromscratch. “How could my life have unraveled so quickly?” hewondered. In his latest page-turning work of business fiction,best-selling author Patrick Lencioni provides readers with anotherpowerful and thought-provoking book, this one centered around acure for the most painful yet underestimated problem of modernbusiness: bad meetings. And what he suggests is both simpleand revolutionary. Casey McDaniel, the founder and CEO of Yip Software, is in themidst of a problem he created, but one he doesn’t know how tosolve. And he doesn’t know where or who to turn to foradvice. His staff can’t help him; they’re asdumbfounded as he is by their tortuous meetings. Then an unlikely advisor, Will Peterson, enters Casey’sworld. When he proposes an unconventional, even radical,approach to solving the meeting problem, Casey is just desperateenough to listen. As in his other books, Lencioni provides a framework for hisgroundbreaking model, and makes it applicable to the realworld. Death by Meeting is nothing short of ablueprint for leaders who want to eliminate waste and frustrationamong their teams, and create environments of engagement andpassion.
Often the decision between a customer choosing you over someone like you is your ability to know exactly what to say, when to say it, and how to make it count. Phil M. Jones has trained more than two million people across five continents and over fifty countries in the lost art of spoken communication. In Exactly What to Say, he delivers the tactics you need to get more of what you want. Best-selling author and multiple award-winner Phil M. Jones is highly regarded as one of the world's leading sales trainers. He has trained more than two million people across five continents and fifty-six countries and coached some of the biggest global brands in the lost art of spoken communication. In 2013 he won the British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Award for Sales Trainer of the Year, the youngest-ever recipient of that honor. He has also written a series of best-selling books and developed a number of online training courses that have enrolled tens of thousands of members around the world. Phil divides his time between London and New York. Praise for Exactly What to Say: "Abracadabra--you are a millionaire! That is what will happen if you follow the advice from Phil Jones in this book." --Jeffrey Hayzlett, primetime TV and podcast host, chairman of C-Suite Network "Indeed, the right words spoken the right way, while perhaps not actually magic, can sure have the results of such." --Bob Burg, co-author of The Go-Giver "I think Phil says it best himself at the end of this fabulous read: "Everything you have learned in this book is simple, easy to do and works." It's tried and tested, proven and guaranteed to help you get your own way more often." --Philip Hesketh, professional speaker and author on the psychology of persuasion and influence "If you want to get prospects, clients, colleagues, bosses or anybody to say "yes" to what you want, I have three magic words of advice for you: "Get this book!" --Sylvie di Giusto, keynote speaker and corporate image consultant "This book is packed with ideas and easy-to-implement suggestions that will assist any individual in obtaining the outcomes they require from the conversations they have." --Grant Leboff, CEO, StickyMarketing.com "Exactly What to Say is packed full of real-world solutions that will lead you to achieving the outcomes you desire in life and business." --Richard Dixon, director, Holidaysplease "If you want to sell more and influence better, then this book is as close as you'll get to a magic wand or silver bullet to success!" --Rob Brown, founder Networking Coaching Academy and bestselling author of Build Your Reputation "Phil Jones helps uncover the truth in complex selling situations. These powerful phrases demonstrate how to influence others with integrity while never seeming pushy. You'll use these gems each and every day." --Ian Altman, co-author of Same Side Selling, Forbes.com columnist "Exactly What to Say could replace just about every other book on human behavior--it's that useful." --John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing "In this short but powerpacked book, [Jones] shares how to use certain key phrases to help you with the winning edge." --Bryan Eisenberg, NYT bestselling author of Waiting for Your Cat to Bark? and Be Like Amazon "Exactly What to Say is a must-read for anyone looking to be more persuasive in their business and personal lives." --Seth Price, bestselling author of The Road to Recognition
The Gift That Makes You Happy And Successful At Work And In Life
Author: Spencer Johnson
Publisher: Random House
For over two decades, Spencer Johnson has been inspiring and entertaining millions with his simple, yet insightful stories of work and life that speak directly to the heart and soul. THE PRESENT is an engaging story of a young man's journey to adulthood, and his search for The Present, a mysterious and elusive gift he first hears about from a great old man. This Present, according to the old man, is 'the best present a person can receive.' Later, when the young boy becomes a young man, disillusioned with his work and his life, he returns to ask the old man, once again, to help him find The Present. The old man responds, 'Only you have the power to find The Present for yourself.' So the young man embarks on a tireless search for this magical gift that holds the secret to his personal happiness and business acumen. It is only after the young man has searched high and low and given up his relentless pursuit that he relaxes and discovers The Present - and all the promises it offers. THE PRESENT will help you focus on what will make you happy and successful in your work and in your personal life. Like the young man, you may find that it is the best gift you can ever give yourself.
A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
Author: Stephen C. Lundin,Harry Paul,John Christensen
Category: Customer services
An updated edition of the international bestseller with inspirational stories and new resources to transform your life. Imagine a workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion and a positive attitude to the job every day. In this engrossing parable, a fictional manager has the responsibility of turning a chronically unenthusiastic and unhelpful department into an effective team. Seattle's Pike Place Fish is a world famous market that is wildly successful thanks to its fun, bustling, joyful atmosphere and great customer service. By applying ingeniously simple lessons learned from the Pike Place, our manager discovers how to energise and transform her workplace. Addressing today's most pressing work issues with an engaging metaphor and an appealing message, FISH! offers wisdom that is easy to grasp, instantly applicable, and profound.
The Internet has become humanity’s invisible central nervous system, connecting us at the speed of thought. More people today have access to mobile phones than have access to clean drinking water. Yet the most important technology is still the one within us: our brain, body, and consciousness. A fast-paced career in the high-tech industry combined with a deep yoga and meditation practice has allowed Gopi Kallayil—Google’s Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing and one of the leading voices encouraging yoga and mindfulness in the workplace today – to integrate his inner and outer technologies to a remarkable degree. Wisdom from his yoga mat and meditation cushion guides his professional career, and his work life provides the perfect classroom to deepen his wisdom practice. The Internet to the Inner-Net guides the rest of us to do the same. In some three dozen wide-ranging, sometimes provocative essays, Gopi shares his experiments in conscious living and offers insight, inspiration, and rituals – including yoga, mindful eating, and even napping – to help us access our own inner worlds. If you’re looking for grounded practical wisdom that might simultaneously help you become more creative, adaptable, enthusiastic, effective, or resilient, you’ll find it in this user’s manual for the technology within – along with colorful insight into the successful Google culture. In five sections, from "Log In" (which offers mindful ways of connecting and engaging) to "Clear Out Your In-Box" (shedding what doesn’t serve you to make space for what does) to "Thank You for Subscribing" (a reminder to live with gratitude), Gopi lays out practices and perspectives that you can use starting right now to live with more purpose, fulfillment, and joy.
This story begins where most mothers are and takes them to where they want to be. Bestselling author Spencer Johnson shares his world-renowned ′One Minute′ secrets - three simple and easy-to-understand techniques that take little but yield great results. When you use what you learn in the story you will discover: How to become an effective disciplinarian. How to reach your own potential while helping your children to reach theirs. How to help your children′s self-esteem by developing their sense of responsibility. How to enjoy one another more as a family. With this book, written by a pioneer in helping people to gain better health through better communications, a mother can care for her children with confidence and ease, enriching and strengthening the mother-child bond each day.
A Story about how Organizations Rise, Fall--and Can Rise Again
Author: John P. Kotter,Holger Rathgeber
Category: Business & Economics
What's the worst thing you can hear when you have a good idea at work? "That's not how we do it here!" In their iconic bestseller Our Iceberg Is Melting, John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber used a simple fable about penguins to explain the process of leading people through major changes. Now, ten years later, they're back with another must-read story that will help any team or organization cope with their biggest challenges and turn them into exciting opportunities. Once upon a time a clan of meerkats lived in the Kalahari, a region in southern Africa. After years of steady growth, a drought has sharply reduced the clan's resources, and deadly vulture attacks have increased. As things keep getting worse, the harmony of the clan is shattered. The executive team quarrels about possible solutions, and suggestions from frontline workers face a soul-crushing response: "That's not how we do it here!" So Nadia, a bright and adventurous meerkat, hits the road in search of new ideas to help her troubled clan. She discovers a much smaller group that operates very differently, with much more teamwork and agility. These meerkats have developed innovative solutions to find food and evade the vultures. But not everything in this small clan is as perfect as it seems at first. Can Nadia figure out how to combine the best of both worlds--a large, disciplined, well-managed clan and a small, informal, inspiring clan--before it's too late? This book distills Kotter's decades of experience and award-winning research to reveal why organizations rise and fall, and how they can rise again in the face of adversity.
"Yes" or "No," from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Spencer Johnson, presents a brilliant and practical system anyone can use to make better decisions, soon and often -- both at work and in personal life. The "Yes" or "No" System lets us: focus on real needs, versus mere wants create better options see the likely consequences of choices and identify and then use our own integrity, intuition, and insight to gain peace of mind, self-confidence, and freedom from fear
A fresh and innovative route to business and personal success - Polar Bear Pirates contains a whole new universe of characters and terminology that everyone will instantly recognize and relate to. Polar Bear Pirates, highly focused, successful, fun-loving people who truly believe in life before death, are on a quest to reach Fat City. But as we follow the fortunes of these highly motivated bears, we see how they must fight off some pretty ruthless and often highly elusive enemies - enemies who are determined to block their paths and shatter their dreams... Here's a brief sketch of just some of these treacherous characters... Sinkers...the bitter losers who, as disciples of the pear shape, despise anyone else's success and derive immense pleasure from torpedoing it... Head treads...those who block anyone coming up the success ladder; they are devoid of talent, having only got where they are through brown nosing, knife throwing and luck! Neg ferrets...the pessimistic warriors of doom with insatiable appetites for other people's problems... Molasses Man.. the sweet but slow, well-meaning people who are burdened by the beliefs of others... Bloaters...boasting, lazy, obnoxious and tediously egotistical reptilian saddos who are absolutely full of it! Written in the tradition of the bestselling, Who Moved My Cheese, Polar Bear Pirates is a uniquely entertaining and often hilarious look at business and personal development. A 'game book' of questions, answers, traps and signposts, this book delivers powerful, inspirational messages as it helps you to unravel a series of complex motivational issues on your journey to personal and professional success.
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Business & Economics
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? How much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to parenting and sports--and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives--how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.