Book review: Who moved my cheese (Johnson)

Reading Time: 2 minutes

During the summer 2023 i choosed to read seven books. Here is a review on one of them. The others can be found here. I am happy to send you my book for free if you want to have it for a bookcircle or just a debate on the topic.

The story is set in a maze and revolves around four characters – two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people named Hem and Haw. They all live in a maze and have found a reliable source of cheese, which represents happiness and success in their lives. Every day, they venture out to the ”Cheese Station C” to enjoy the cheese.

One day, the cheese supply at Cheese Station C suddenly runs out. The two mice, Sniff and Scurry, immediately recognize the change and decide to embrace it. They quickly leave the station to find new cheese elsewhere in the maze, understanding that change is inevitable and they must be proactive to find a new source of happiness.

On the other hand, the two little people, Hem and Haw, react differently. They are resistant to change and are initially in denial about the cheese disappearance. They stay at the now-empty Cheese Station C, hoping that the cheese will return. Hem is particularly afraid of the uncertainty and decides to stay where he is, fearing what lies ahead.

However, Haw begins to realize that staying in one place will not bring back the cheese. He becomes more open to change, willing to learn from his experiences, and starts to venture into the maze in search of new cheese. Along the way, he leaves motivational messages on the walls for Hem, encouraging him to adapt and move on as well.

As Haw explores the maze and faces the fear of the unknown, he learns valuable lessons about change and adaptation. He realizes that change can lead to new opportunities and growth. Eventually, after much self-reflection and perseverance, Haw finds a new Cheese Station N, filled with a fresh supply of cheese.

The book concludes with the message that change is an inevitable part of life, and those who are flexible, adaptable, and willing to embrace change will thrive and find success and happiness. It encourages readers to face change with a positive attitude, take action, and not let fear or resistance hold them back from achieving their goals.

The book has been widely praised for its simplicity and effectiveness in conveying valuable lessons about change management, personal growth, and embracing uncertainty in both personal and professional life.

Personally i love this book in its simplicity. 93 pages with big text (Times 16) makes it readable in a couple of hours. Use it as input (pre-read) to a workshop for A and D in ADKAR?

My takeaway is that we need to respect the fear of change but not accept it.

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