“Cute story”… Was what my 6 yr old, Hannah, said as I tried to explain the book. But my application of this book was far from cute.
As a business classic, the ideas in this small book (nice for us non-readers), were anything but small. Change is inevitable but for lots of reasons we are reluctant to see if and even more so to do anything about it…until it’s too late.
Spencer Johnson creates a ‘cute’ story of 4 individuals in a maze trying to find cheese. (Real cheese in the story but ‘cheese’ in theory of many kinds…success, obedient children, $, power, etc… ) Johnson chronicles their attempts to deal with having their ‘cheese’ moved elsewhere in the maze.
The “cheese” had been running out for a while in my last role and I felt discouragement at not being valued in the same way as I had previously. It wasn’t fair, it wasn’t comfy, but it was avoidable. Had I read the book earlier I would have monitored the cheese regularly, been prepared for the cheese move, & jumped into the maze earlier.
Some of my applications…
- People need a healthy vision for change and the tools to overcome fear when change happens
- Always monitor the incremental changes in your cheese to know when it’s getting old
- Adapt quickly when change happens
- Enjoy the adventure
- Anticipate change & be better prepared to change & enjoy it more next time….
Have you read the book? How have you handled them moving your ‘cheese?’