Archive for August, 2008

Who Moved My Cheese?

Posted: August 13, 2008 in book review, self composed

In the past, change was an event businesses had the luxury of preparing for. Today, change is the way business gets done. Based on the belief that organizations don’t change, people change – the skills to deal with change quickly and effectively are inevitable for companies that move ahead and gain a competitive advantage. It is necessary for people and teams to anticipate, recognize and understand the change, share ideas, avoid unnecessary work, and learn to do only the things that will make the biggest difference. In ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’, Dr. Spencer Johnson describes how to deal with change in our lives. He tells a parable of change, how we react to it, and the dire straits we can find ourselves in when we don’t follow the change.

He presents a rather whimsical story of life for two mice and two small people in a maze. The maze represents the environment for change with unknown futures and the accompanying fears. The four characters viz. the mice Sniff and Scurry and the little people Hem and Haw are metaphors for the different attitudes towards change. Sniff and Scurry represent a fairly straight forward reactive approach to change. As mice they’re not credited with great intelligence but when their source of cheese is moved, they react by setting off to find new cheese supplies. The little people, Hem and Haw, are credited with the intelligence of men which in several ways hinders their ability to change. When their cheese is moved their ‘intelligent’ response leads to a wide range of emotions and reactions including denial, recrimination and resentment which disables their ability to set off to seek new cheese. Gradually Haw comes to terms with the need for change. His personality is contrasted with Hem to illustrate how fear of change can be disabling and how this fear might be overcome.

The four characters provide a vocabulary that many will find useful in describing their, and their colleagues’ reactions to change. The approach taken to make that vocabulary accessible is to make the story simple so that the book can be quickly read and passed on to spread the word. Some basic points stressed throughout the book are:

“They keep moving the cheese.” i.e. change happens,
“Get ready for the cheese to move.” i.e. anticipate the change,
“Move with the cheese.” i.e. actually make the change,
“Enjoy the taste of new cheese.” i.e. enjoy the fruits of change

We find we references to these in our every day life. Overall, ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ is both an entertaining and a useful book. It elucidates the trials and tribulations we all have in life : joy, excitement, sorrow, greed, envy, stubbornness, fear etc. as well as the ways in which we can deal with them.


I Have You By My Side

Posted: August 7, 2008 in life, love, poetry, self composed

As I stand at the crossroads of my life
Weighed down by dreams and concerns
Trying to analyse and decide
Which road to take..
And to where..
Torn apart with the mental strife
I see the paths..
The hurdles..
The hazy horizon..
And not even the slightest breeze to guide
All I know is I have you by my side…