November 2, 2017

Who Moved My Cheese?

By: Spencer Johnson, M.D.

This book is a quick and easy read. I was first introduced to it many years ago at a job. The manager called a staff meeting and asked everyone to read the book in the next month and we would discuss it the next time we met as a team. Well, when I first looked at the book, I thought it must be ridiculous given the title – so I decided not to “waste my time reading it.” At the following staff meeting, the manager asked everyone who had read the book to put their hand up. I was the only person who did not read the book. She threw the book across the table to me and said – “Matthew, take the rest of the day off and read this book. We’re ALL going to talk about it tomorrow – meeting dismissed.” This little book left such an impression on me the first time that I read it, that I understood why it was so important to my manager that we all read it. Most recently, I read this book again as I am learning about changing the way we do parish ministry. It was helpful once again as I embarked on a new change in my life’s calling.

The book is a simple story about two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two little people (the size of mice) Hem and Haw. The four live in a maze and live for eating cheese. Essentially each of the four characters represents how we deal with change once the cheese disappears or is moved in the maze. The little people learn lessons along the way on how to deal with change, writing short phrases in the maze that are meant to be insights for you and I, the readers, to use as we face change in our: workplaces, teams, families, and lives. The insights are generic but very profound. The simple characters are disarming and can help us to deal better with any change we face in life.

This book is a classic and bestseller. You can easily read the whole book in an hour or two, and the insights or reminders will help you face any and all change you will experience in life. Do yourself a favour, and read this little gem.