How much has your business landscape changed in 2020?
This saying is very relevant today,
“There is one thing that is constant in life; that is change.”
I dare say that every one of us has had to deal with changes in our lifestyle and business practices. Spencer Johnson, M.D. wrote and published his classic parable, Who Moved My Cheese? in 1998. It presented us with a whole to view on how to deal with change. You may have read it or seen the animated movie of the ventures of four characters confronted with change. If not, I recommend you do; it’s an easy read with priceless nuggets. The book takes place in a maze. As two mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two little-people named “Hem” and “Haw” much find cheese and their happiness. Four different characters are facing the same dilemma; their cheese source has been exhausted. One morning the four discover that the cheese in cheese station C is gone. Their journey is much like the ones we face. The little-people “Hem” and “Haw” lamented that the cheese was gone. Simultaneously, “Sniff” and “Scurry” immediately went in search of new cheese. Our cheese is consistently moving, especially over the past few months. If we do not adapt to this change, we are left wondering, “Who Moved My Cheese”? Hem finally realized that he needed to change, going out into the maze to find new cheese. Over time he found more cheese than in his wildest dreams.
He discovered these crucial elements about himself, “The Handwriting on the Wall,” during his journey.
- Change Happens
They Keep Moving The Cheese
- Anticipate Change
Get Ready For The Cheese To Move
- Monitor Chang
“Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Bad.”
- Adapt To Change Quickly
The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese.
Move With The Cheese
- Enjoy Change!
Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste of New Cheese!
- Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again & Again
They Keep Moving The Cheese.
As we journey through our “maze,” embrace the opportunities and challenges the change brings us.
What lessons have you learned that will help your business move forward?