Who moved my cheese?

Thu 11 January 2018 by Thejaswi Puthraya

The tagline of the book is "An amazing way to deal with change in your work and life" and summarizes the book perfectly. Dr Spencer Johnson creates four fictitious characters (2 humans and 2 mice) who are stuck in a maze trying to locate their cheese. One day, their cheese vanishes from it's usual location and hell breaks loose for the humans. The mice don't while away time lamenting but head on an expedition to locate newer sources of cheese. The humans (over-)analyze the situation and get into a blame game. Only when hunger kicks in do they set out to find their cheese.

The last page of the book ends with a message:

  • 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
  • Enjoy Change!: Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese
  • Be ready to Change quickly and Enjoy again: They keep moving the cheese