Who Moved My Cheese? Dealing with change in your work and life

Change can be blessing or curse, depending on your perspective.
The message in Who Moved My Cheese? Is that you’ll see change as blessing if you understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in your life.
Who Moved My Cheese? is parable that takes place in maze.
Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice who are non analytical and non judgmental. They just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It’s not just sus-tenance to them – it’s their self-image.
Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they’ve found.
Most readers will see the cheese as something related to our lives. Whether it’s jobs, career paths, the industries we work in – although it can stand for anything from health to relationships.
I have to say after I’d read it I gave it to my mother. She’d been contemplating selling her house for years, and after reading the book, put her house on the market, and despite the flat real estate market, she sold it almost immediately.
The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.
Dr Johnson, co-author of the One Minute Manager among other books, presents this parable to business, groups, schools, military organisations, any place where you find people who may fear or resist change.
Sure, it’s easy to call this tale little too simplistic, the key is that it sums up natural feelings in 94 pages.
Things change.
They always have changed and always will change.
And while there’s no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won’t happen is always the same – the cheese runs out.

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