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Book: Who Moved My Cheese?
Author: Dr Spencer Johnson
Category: Self-help and Change
Management
Summary:...
There are four
characters in a maze.
The four characters are:
Sniff and Scurry, two
mice that represent the
simple parts o...
The Maze represents your
community, your organisation, the
relationship you are in.
At the beginning of the story
there is...
The mice check the cheese every
day to see if there have been any
changes and keep their running
shoes around their neck i...
One day they wake up to find that
the cheese is gone.
The mice immediately put on their
running shoes and go off in search...
Hem insists on staying where they
are, saying that ‘life is unfair’ and
they should be compensated for
this loss of cheese...
At first Haw is frightened of going
back into the maze again, looking
for new cheese.
After a while, however, he realises
...
Eventually, and after almost giving
up, he finds new cheese in a part
of the maze where he had never
been before.
Sniff an...
The lessons that Haw takes away
from the loss of the cheese are:
Change happens and we must
move with it.
We should antici...
We should adapt to change
quickly and let go of the old ways
of doing things, or the things
themselves.
We must change!
We...
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Are you worried about to how handle change in your personal life or in your organisation? The simple parable in this book gives you clear messages for how to deal with change.

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10 slide summaries: Who moved my cheese?

  1. 1. www.freshideas.es Book: Who Moved My Cheese? Author: Dr Spencer Johnson Category: Self-help and Change Management Summary: Accept change and move with it. Anticipate it and enjoy it. Rating:
  2. 2. There are four characters in a maze. The four characters are: Sniff and Scurry, two mice that represent the simple parts of our personality. Hem and Haw, two little people that represent the complex and “human” parts of our personality. Sniff smells change early. Scurry is quick to act. Hem resist change as he feels it will bring something worse. Haw resists at first but then learns to adapt as he discovers that change can lead to something better. 2 www.freshideas.es
  3. 3. The Maze represents your community, your organisation, the relationship you are in. At the beginning of the story there is a piece of cheese that the four characters eat. The cheese in the Maze represents what makes us happy – money, stability, good job etc. 3 www.freshideas.es
  4. 4. The mice check the cheese every day to see if there have been any changes and keep their running shoes around their neck in case they have to move again. The little people settle down around the cheese and become complacent and self satisfied with their cheese. 4 www.freshideas.es
  5. 5. One day they wake up to find that the cheese is gone. The mice immediately put on their running shoes and go off in search of new cheese. The Little People stay there in shock, not believing this terrible turn of events. 5 www.freshideas.es
  6. 6. Hem insists on staying where they are, saying that ‘life is unfair’ and they should be compensated for this loss of cheese. He is never able to abandon the place where his favourite cheese was and stays where he is, even if it means becoming extinct. Haw at first shuts the change out, not wanting to accept that things have changed. 6 www.freshideas.es
  7. 7. At first Haw is frightened of going back into the maze again, looking for new cheese. After a while, however, he realises that looking for new cheese is better than staying in an old place that has no cheese. He imagines himself finding and enjoying new cheese and that pushes him on. 7 www.freshideas.es
  8. 8. Eventually, and after almost giving up, he finds new cheese in a part of the maze where he had never been before. Sniff and Scurry are already there, enjoying the cheese. This time he enjoys the cheese but continues to go out every day to discover new parts of the maze and he checks the cheese every day for signs of change. 8 www.freshideas.es
  9. 9. The lessons that Haw takes away from the loss of the cheese are: Change happens and we must move with it. We should anticipate change and be ready for things to change. We should monitor our current situation so we know when things are starting not to work. 9 www.freshideas.es
  10. 10. We should adapt to change quickly and let go of the old ways of doing things, or the things themselves. We must change! We should enjoy the change and treat it as an adventure! 10 www.freshideas.es

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