Essay on Who Moved My Cheese

1024 Words Nov 21st, 2013 5 Pages
Who Moved My Cheese
Book Review

Davenport University

HRMG 314
Robert Schultz
April 14, 2013

Introduction Who moved my Cheese is a book about a team of two mice and a team of two miniature executives who each run through a maze in search of cheese. One of the corridors in the maze had an abundance of cheese. All goes well until somebody moved the cheese. Authors Ken Blanchard and Dr. Spencer Johnson have a unique way of showing us an important message that can radically alter the way we cope with change.
Cheese is a metaphor for what you want in life, a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or peace of mind (Mission, 2009 slide 2). The maze is where you look for what you want. Most people are
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Hem and Haw were very comfortable with the location of the cheese. The little people felt happy, successful and thought they were secure. They moved their homes close to the cheese and built a social life around it. Each day the stock of cheese was getting smaller and smaller. Hem and Haw became comfortable and didn’t notice the change. Then one day there was no cheese left.
The cheese is important to the little people (success). They spent a long time thinking, analyzing and trying to decide what to do. However, the result was looking around the cheese less station day after day. Haw eventually moved beyond his emotions and used his intellect to successfully face and overcome the sudden change. However, Hem’s paralyzing fear of change prevents him from successfully overcoming the loss of the cheese Hem kept on asking “Who moved my cheese?” while Haw thought “Why didn’t I get up and move with the cheese sooner?” During Haw’s search in the maze he learned a lot about change and most importantly about himself and his behavior towards change.
At the end of his journey, Haw summarizes wisdom learned: “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’s 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)

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