Who moved my cheese?


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Is an exceptional tale in the form of abook, whose main theme and message is how to adapt to change andembrace it. Spencer Johnson has managed to capture the imagination ofnumerous people especially managers and employees, who find it hardto embrace change and move on with life (Johnson, 1998). The tale,told through the four main characters, two mice, Sniff and Scurry andtwo little people, Hew and Haw who are looking for their favoritefood, cheese, is a representation of human kind who look for finethings in life such as good jobs and loving relationships, but areresistant to change.

The tale has become one of the best selling business books in theUnited States ad across the world. Research has indicated that thebook has been mainly used by managers and recommended to theiremployees especially when there is a change in the organization. Thetale revolves around the four characters mentioned above. It isevident from analysis that the mice are representation of the simplemankind while the two little people are used to portray the complexnature of mankind. Additionally, the cheese represents the thingsthat humans look for in life such as well rewarding jobs and lovingrelationships (Johnson, 1998). The four characters are put in a maze(human life environment) where they must struggle to find the cheese.Once they find the cheese at cheese station C inside the maze, thelittle people settle and feel contented. However, the mice are awarethat the cheese will dwindle with time and they therefore embark onfinding new cheese in the maze.

When the four characters wake up one day and find there is nocheese, the mice are able to find new cheese station N. Meanwhile,Hew and Haw are stuck in their pat and cannot accept the change. Theyspend enormous time strategizing on how to find new cheese. It getsto a point where Haw is fed up with their analysis of the situationand tells Hew, “Maybe we should simply stop analyzing the situationso much and go find some new cheese?” However, Hew does not agreewith Haw and he only continued to look around station C when he wasaware that there was no Cheese (Johnson, 1998). They are portrayed ashaving the fear of the unknown. Instead of embarking on a journey tofind new cheese in the maze, they remain behind hungry and blamingeach other for the loss of the cheese. However, Haw gains courage tofind new cheese and Hew is apprehensive of the idea. He representspeople who vehemently resist change. Haw jots the words “If You DoNot Change, You Can Become Extinct” (p. 46) on the walls of thecheese station C. This is a clear message to Hew who resists change.

Haw embarks on finding new cheese and leaves behind trails ofwritings about fear and change. He has embraced change and does notfind sense in remaining in station C. “It is safer to search in themaze, than remain in a cheeseless situation.” (p. 62). Haw finallyreunites with the mice at cheese station N which one of the largest.Meanwhile, Hew remains hungry and does not accept change due to thefear of the unknown (Johnson, 1998).

This is a story which represents the human nature to resist change.People want to remain stuck in one comforting situation due to thefear of the unknown. However, as this tale illustrates, change isinevitable. The book has been largely been used by managers andbusiness people to help them and their employees to adopt change.


Johnson, S. (1998).&nbsp: An amazing way todeal with change in your work and in your life.New York: Putnam.