Who Moved My Cheese is one of the seminal works of business literature. This book is a motivational business fable that has become a bestseller in recent years. The author, Daniel Pink, shares his experience of working in a large company to help people develop a strategy to make their companies more successful.
Lesson 1: Be more like a mouse
The mouse in the maze isn’t as sophisticated as humans. It spends less time wondering about cheese and more time running. In fact, it turns around when it doesn’t find any cheese. The biggest cheese won’t stay on the board forever.
Lesson 2: Be more like a Sniff
Be more like a sniffer when you’re reviewing cheese. If you’re like Haw, you’ll keep track of the small changes in a company’s culture so you can adapt to larger changes. But sometimes these changes can be uncomfortable, even when you’re a part of the leadership team.
Sniff and Scurry never took their stash for granted. They watched the cheese supply carefully and noticed when it started to run low. They resolved to act differently the next time their stash ran out. That is a lesson we can learn from. Be more like a sniffer when reviewing cheese by keeping your eye on the current state of your stash.
Lesson 3: Be more like a Scurry
Be more like a Scurry, rather than a Sniff when moving cheese. This may seem counter-intuitive, but mice have learned to adapt to changes in their environment. They do not linger, instead running as quickly as possible to reach the next piece of cheese, and they keep a running shoe nearby.
The story of the mice is a classic example of the principle of non-judgmental action. They instinctively perceive their environment and scurry based on it. This approach can also be applied to situations involving people, including organisations. The mice’s non-judgmental behavior is reminiscent of our own, since we can never be certain that everything is going to work out in the end. Rather than being too comfortable in our current situation, we need to look at the big picture.
Having the right attitude can lead to greater success. Sniff and Scurry are both accustomed to change is part of the game. They are more likely to adapt to it than to feel discouraged. They know that if they don’t adapt, they’ll be stuck on a cheese-less island forever. As a result, Sniff and Scurry are less likely to get stuck and will move on to the next cheese station.
Adapting to change is the best strategy. As Spencer wrote, change is inevitable and denying it will only make matters worse. As a result, it’s best to adapt to it and enjoy the changes that come with it.