Who moved my Cheese ? This book was written by Dr. Spencer Johnson. Published in year 1998. An amazing way to deal with change in your work and in your life.
The StoryThe four imaginary characters depicted in this story are the mice: “SNIFF and SCURRY” and two little people “HEM and HAW”Sometime we act like Sniff: who sniff out change early, or SCURRY: who scurries into action, or HEM: who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse, or HAW: who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better.
Cheese Story Sniff and Scurry Hem and Haw Simple rodent brains Complex brains Good instincts Beliefs and emotionsSniff and Scurry Hem and Haw Trial and error Ability to think and learn Often lost Perception clouded by Bumped into walls beliefs and emotions
The Story Sniff and Scurry Dressed in their running gear Head over to Cheese Station C Returning to their cheese each morning Sniffed, scratched, scurried around inspecting Hem and Haw Also raced towards Cheese Station C each morning Until different routine set in . . . Every night, they would return home full of cheese Every morning, they would confidently return for more They thought they worked hard, they deserve this Cheese
No Cheese Sniff & Scurry Since Sniff and Scurry had noticed their diminishing supply of cheese, they weren’t surprised. Hem & Haw Unaware of their changing environment. Unprepared to find their Cheese missing
Response Sniff & Scurry since Sniff and Scurry had noticed their diminishing supply of cheese, they weren’t surprised. Prepared for the inevitable. Knew instinctively what to do Hem and Haw Hem and Haw still analyzing situation Angry about the injustice Looking for benefits Feeling entitled and betrayed Hem and Haw continue to hem an haw
Response Sniff and Scurry found their cheese and enjoyed it. Haw who initially insisted to wait for the cheese to appear, learned from his mistake. He went out to the unknown and found his cheese after long struggle. Hem expecting miracle waited for easy cheese to appear but it never did.
Lesson 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 Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again And Again ◦ They Keep Moving The Cheese