Out of the Maze

A Simple Way to Change Your Thinking & Unlock Success

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Pub Date 13 Nov 2018 | Archive Date 11 Feb 2019

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'An optimistic, accessible way to start thinking about change' - Financial Times

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.

'An optimistic, accessible way to start thinking about change' - Financial Times

Who Moved My Cheese? offered millions of readers relief for an evergreen problem: unanticipated and unwelcome change...

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Having not read (nor even heard of) Who Moved My Cheese?, I wondered how I would get on with this book. My worries were unfounded as the previous ideas are re-explained before being expanded. I loved the brevity and the clear analogy and would not hesitate to recommend this. It is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time and will hopefully inspire me to change some of my ingrained thought processes.

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Just as delightful as the original. Lovely to have 'the end' of the story. Perfect to use when supporting yourself or others through change. Helps to mitigate fear of new directions

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A sequel to Who Moved My Cheese? A nice homily about opening your mind to new ideas. It will be a useful tool for making teams think about working better together and bringing everyone on board, even the Luddites.

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Thought provoking and engaging, any fans of Who Moved My Cheese will be happy to revisit the characters and concept. It’s a quick read but will stay with you.

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A lovely way to add closure to who moved the cheese. Starting with a group discussing the previous book and the impact on each of their lives- one person said that he was confused as to what happened to Hem. This is the real beginning of a beautiful approach to how we condition our lives by our beliefs and the fact that not only is change a difficult thing but also looking into our own beliefs and being prepared to change them as well is often even harder.
A well planned story with cute pictures to highlight the issues that affect both Hem and Hope.

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This is a motivating and insightful book disguising lifestyle advice as if it was a story for children. It would make an excellent starter for many workplace courses. The advice it dispenses on lifestyles is superbly disguised.

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A self help book about the importance of realising the power of a beliefs held. Certainly gave me a positive experience and I would think a great help to anyone who is having any doubts about themselves, situations or confused in the fast paced world we live in. It’s a short easily read and understood book, set within a seminar, from which a story is told, There’s also a letter written by Spencer Johnson, at the end of the book, that I found quite inspirational. He must have been a wonderful man. I would recommend this book it, especially to anyone who wants to dig their way out of the hole that they find themselves in, this may be a good spade. It won’t give you the answer but it may help you to see things differently so you can get the answer for yourself.

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Having not read Who moved my Cheese? I approached this book thinking that I might be at a huge disadvantage. However the book is set out so well that it is easy to pick up the previous scenario and then read on in this one.
A great conversation starter for change management focusing on looking at challenging and adapting beliefs which I will revisit and introduce others to.
It should be compulsory reading for all those facing new challenges - even for those who don't believe they need to change - and probably on all the 'healthy reading' lists too

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A valuable sequel to "Who Moved My Cheese"

I was sent a review copy by the publisher via NetGalley, never having read any of Spencer Johnson's work before.

The book begins with questions posed by a seminar group. "Who Moved My Cheese" is summarised. Then follows a new parable building on the old. The group then discuss it. The book ends with a letter from the late author which gives an insight into the character of the man and how he "walked his talk".

A very short, thought-provoking book. It has caused me to question where I am at the current stage in my life and whether I am being held back by beliefs.


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Thanks to Ebury Publishing and Netgalley for the Advanced Reading Copy.

We use “Who Moved my Cheese” as a resource when running Managing Change workshops so it was great to be able to get a copy of the sequel to see how it could enhance the message of the first book.

This book follows a similar format to the first, it tells a short story about characters who are faced with uncertainty and change and the different ways they choose to deal with it. This book continues to explore the themes of fear, denial and resistance to change in more depth but also delves deeper into investigating themes around resilience and how our beliefs impact our ability to cope with adversity. Although some of the messages may seem simplistic, when you genuinely reflect upon them and challenge your own thinking, they ring true. A large part of dealing with Change and Resilience is thinking critically about the impact our beliefs have and being able to challenge those beliefs in order to move forward.

As with the first book there are a lot of themes easy to pick out for implementing in a workshop session. The message is quick and simple to understand and there is a lot of scope for discussion. I would recommend this to anyone working in the area of employee development or anyone undergoing a period of change.

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I first read the prequel to this book Who Moved My Cheese over 15 years ago and found it very helpful. Fortunately I listened to man audio version of Who Moved My Cheese just a few weeks ago.
Out of the Maze written by the late Spencer Johnson follows on and is a very quick read.
My honest opinion is that I think it would be most helpful as an addition to an edition of Who Moved My Cheese rather than a separate book whilst understanding the reasons behind it being separate.
I think the value of Out of the Maze is gained best after reading Who Moved My Cheese and not as a standalone.
The reference to Spencer Johnson's life and the way he dealt with his latter months of life serves a very strong testimony and sums up the message of Out of the Maze.

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Being totally honest I wasn't entirely certain how I'd ended up getting this book, felt an obligation to read it, but was certainly not looking forward to it.
I can now say I was absolutely wrong in my belief that it would be a dry, dusty, and unsatisfying book that I had to slog through, it was in fact the exact opposite .It was amusing, clever and witty with great insight delivered in an entertaining way. Quite an ironic discovery considering the story itself.
I would recommend this to anyone, it reminded me of one of Aesop's fables, a brilliant short story that makes a great point. I have definitely learned from it and it left me smiling. Read it, you won't be sorry you did.

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An essential add-on allegory and metaphorical story to Who Moved My Cheese?

Honestly, the story is not that interesting but the framework it provides for helping you get out of the maze of your mind provides the steps for a philosophical jump many need to make.

I found myself repeating the principles that Haw worked out, and applying them to situations I desired to change.

I wish this had been around ten years ago.

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Thank you for the opportunity to read 'Out of the Maze'. I had not read 'Who Moved My Cheese' before but this was not an issue of my understanding of this book. It was an easy read and a delightful tale with a good message not just for businesses but for life.

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I haven’t read (or heard of) the first book Who Moved My Cheese? which was published in 1998 but I don’t think that matters to those reading this sequel, Out Of the Maze.
Who Moved My Cheese? is a fable about two mice and two little people who live in a maze and find pieces of cheese. One day the pieces of cheese disappear and so do the mice. One of the little people, Haw, moves out of the maze a few days later to seek more cheese but Hem stays in the maze hoping that life will go back to how it was. Haw returns after a few days to bring new cheese he’s found to Hem but Hem is still hoping for his old cheese. Haw goes off again and that is the last Hem sees of him.

Out Of the Maze starts with a class discussing ‘what happened to Hem?’ This book continues in the same fable mode as the first where Hem learns to notice and question old beliefs and how to decide what new beliefs to trust and act on.

It’s a short and interesting read. I think this is a book that needs reading more than once and maybe if you have an especially challenging situation to overcome.

The book also spoke about, Spencer Johnson, author of the original book dying with pancreatic cancer in 2017 and how he used the principles and philosophy in this book to deal with his illness.

With thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I read who moved my cheese many years ago and found it really helpful at the time - this book is as good, only takes an hour or so to read but very insightful

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Beliefs are a strong thing in our mind set. This book explores In a simple way how you can overcome and move forward. Using the characters from Who moved my cheese, it's a familiar and uplifting fable to help with many things I your life. Short, powerful and thought provoking.

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Another great read from Spencer Johnson. A really good, informative read.
Thank you to both NetGalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest unbiased review

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