The Cheese Principle
change can be challenging and stressful!
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
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
he did not know these sports well he felt frustrated as well
as unappreciated which led to feelings of anger.
reading the cheese parable, he laughed at himself and changed
realized his boss has just 'moved his cheese'.
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.
was later inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame - Broadcasters'
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.
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
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!
Moved My Cheese?
An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life"
by Spencer Johnson, Kenneth H. Blanchard (Foreword)
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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