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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.

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