Who Moved My
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
- 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!
- Change initiates the 5 stages
of grief…expect to experience all of those feelings.
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