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Managing Change: The Cheese Principle

Managing change can be challenging and stressful!

However, some years ago Dr. Spencer Johnson created a story which helped him deal with a difficult change in his life.

It showed him how to take his changing situation seriously but not take himself seriously.

The story is a parable that takes place in a maze and revolves around finding a constant supply of cheese. The four central characters will strike a chord with most people.

They will be able to identify with one or more of the characteristics shown by these characters and in the process learn a timeless skill in managing change.

This story amazingly has been credited with improving careers, marriages and lives!

Example: Charlie Jones, well-known broadcaster for NCB-TV.

Charlie had done a great job broadcasting Track and Field events at a previous Olympic Games. He was therefore surprised and upset when told by his boss he had been removed from these showcase events for the next Olympics and instead was assigned to Swimming and Diving.

As he did not know these sports well he felt frustrated as well as unappreciated which led to feelings of anger.

After reading the cheese parable, he laughed at himself and changed his attitude.

He realized his boss has just 'moved his cheese'.

So he adapted and learned the two new sports, and found doing something new made him feel young. His new attitude and energy led to better assignments.

He was later inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame - Broadcasters' Alley.

Now that is a success story in managing change!

This parable, "Who Moved My Cheese?" is powerful. Everyone knows that not all change is good or even necessary.

But in a world that is constantly changing, it is to our advantage to learn how to adapt and enjoy something better, all the while developing even greater skills for managing change.

Obtain your own copy of "Who Moved My Cheese?" and use it as a reference point the next time you are hit with a challenge!

"Who Moved My Cheese?
An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life
by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard (Foreword)

The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives.

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