The four characters in the story has significant place in the life of a human being. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change--an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable. How we perceive changes depends on our attitudes towards life and valuable things in it, which the author calls ' cheese'. Each of us has our own idea of what Cheese is, and we pursue it because we believe it makes us happy. If we get it, we often become attached to it. In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change in their search for the cheese. I learnt from this book not to get too comfortable in any situation, to keep moving, to seek, recognise and find new opportunities.
Cheese is used in the story as a metaphor of what we want in life. It is the ideal companion to leadership application. It makes you rethink situations or helps you adjusting your behavior, when you are in the middle of a change process. The fable captures well that moment after we have lost a job or a relationship and we believe it is the end of the world. Sadly, the lack of ability to see the obvious is pandemic in the corporate world, so I am not at all surprised that this restatement of the obvious was such a major hit in the business world. Authors Ken Blanchard and Dr. After they found the cheese the mice decide to follow the routine of waking up early and reaching station C.
Instead of venturing out to find new cheese, they kept returning to Station C, getting ever hungrier and weaker. They will move or quit, die or become disabled hey. In the context, the cheese is a representation of personal valuable desires in life. What about fatal health issues, or the loss of a loved one? They can be a dream home, a loving relationship, a good career, financial security, etc. They had never seen so much cheese in their life. And most of them admitted that they did not know agood way to handle them.
Transitions in life are common process. They have gotten used to their old habits. Be more like a mouse and just start running! Sniff and Scurry finally found new cheese, but Hem and Haw stayed put in Station C hoping something would change. With the approach of the year 2000, most work environments are finally recognizing the urgent need to get their computers and other business systems up to speed and able to deal with unprecedented change. The question I wish the author had addressed instead of coming up with platitudes in praise of change is this: What is the balance between working to improve what you have repairing vs.
In this business fable, there are four characters; two mice and two miniature human beings all in search of the cheese in a maze Johnson, 2002. I distinctly remember the picture of the cheese slice on the cover, and turned it in my hands a couple times since. Two of the four characters are named Hem and Haw and are little people about the size of mice but are complex just like humans. The book was so cheesy and I didn't like it pun intended. Snuff and Scurry did expect this to happen and put on their running shoes and started to look for new cheese in the maze. The cheese signifies our search for success and happiness at work and in our personal lives. Extended Summary: This book starts with A Gathering of several formerschoolmates over lunch.
Hem: denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse. That question is never answered. Anticipate that your customers will change. In this story the little people have complex brains and are considered to be much smarter than the mice. In Business The Speed of Thought, Bill Gates said that he accepted that Microsoft would be put out of business at some point.
What is the purpose of this book and its central philosophy or perspective? I simply had to put your name in the Recommendation Box, Pooja. Sniff: Who sniffs out change early 2. The coauthor of the multimillion bestseller The One Minute Manager has written a deceptively simple story with a dramatically important message that can radically alter the way we cope with change. فكرة الكتاب ملخصة في مقدمته : من الذي حرك قطعة الجبن الخاصه بي ؟ هي حكايه رمزيه ذات مغزى اخلاقي تكشف اعمق الحقائق حول التغيير ، انها قصه مسليه تنويريه تدور حول اربعه اشخاص يعيشون في متاهة ويبحثون عن قطع الجبن التي تمدهم بالغذاء وبالسعاده أيضاً. He became aware that his own fear held him captive and decides to go into the Maze in search for new cheese. They live in a maze and have to constantly find cheese to survive. With Kenneth Blanchard, Johnson co-authored the bestselling , and has written a number of other One Minute books.
I am not going to go into details about characters who are called Sniff and Scurry, Hem and Haw and who actually sniff and scurry, hem and haw. His works have become cultural touchstones and are available in 40 languages. The best quote perhaps was curbing the wrong interpretations that might be drawn out : that you should t Change or get run over! While the overall lesson seems almost too simple; this story carries a lot of importance concerning changes and the consequences of our reactions or lack thereof. Forward The Story Behind The Story by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph. I can just see it now: All around the office, the little action figures of the characters, the sayings plastered on every wall. This book could be read in 20 minutes, but I'll save you some time and tell you that change will happen in your life, and you have to deal with it. Christ, I was at that meeting you held the other day up on the hill - I guess you wouldn't remember me, I was at the back of the crowd.