Who Moved My Cheese
by Spencer Johnson, M.D.
This short (and I mean short) book is a charming tale of 2 mice and 2 “littlepeople” who are faced with change – to find their “cheese.” [The cheese represents that which is important to us: career, family, hobby.]
Perhaps checking this book out of the library, or, borrowing a copy, is smarter than buying a copy (retail $20.00), but there are some pearls, labeled The Handwriting on the Wall:
- Change Happens…they keep moving the cheese
- Anticipate Change…get ready for the cheese to move
- Monitor Change…smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old
- Adapt to Change Quickly…the quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese
- Change…move with the cheese
- Enjoy Change…savor the adventure and taste of new cheese
- Be ready to Quickly Change Again and Again….they keep moving the cheese.
What is NOT talked about in this little tome are the following:
- In organizations we CAN describe upcoming change and talk about it…information reduces fear!
- There is a normal range of responses to change…we need to know, and accept, our response and work on coping mechanisms.
- It is good to understand how any change might affect us…and link it with our self-interest.
- We each can participate in change…at our own level of involvement.
- Change does NOT always lead to something better…changing situations can be smarter than adapting to the change facing us in our current situation. (Chose another change! Or “cheese”)
- Change initiates the 5 stages of grief…expect to experience all of those feelings.