Allegorically, Who Moved My Cheese? features four characters: two mice, "Sniff" and "Scurry," and two littlepeople, miniature humans in essence, "Hem" and "Haw." They live in a maze, a representation of one's environment, and look for cheese, representative of happiness and success. Initially without cheese, each group, the mice and humans, paired off and traveled the lengthy corridors searching for cheese. One day both groups happen upon a cheese-filled corridor at "Cheese Station C". Content with their find, the humans establish routines around their daily intake of cheese, slowly becoming arrogant in the process. One day Sniff and Scurry arrive at Cheese Station C to find no cheese left, but they are not surprised. Noticing the cheese supply dwindling, they have mentally prepared beforehand for the arduous but inevitable task of finding more cheese. Leaving Cheese Station C behind, they begin their hunt for new cheese together. Later that day, Hem and Haw arrive at Cheese Station C only to find the same thing, no cheese. Angered and annoyed, Hem demands, "Who moved my cheese?" The humans have counted on the cheese supply to be constant, and so are unprepared for this eventuality. After deciding that the cheese is indeed gone they get angry at the unfairness of the situation and both go home starved. Returning the next day, Hem and Haw find the same cheeseless place. Starting to realize the situation at hand, Haw thinks of a search for new cheese. But Hem is dead set in his victimized mindset and dismisses the proposal. Meanwhile, Sniff and Scurry have found "Cheese Station N", new cheese. Back at Cheese Station C, Hem and Haw are affected by their lack of cheese and blame each other for their problem. Hoping to change, Haw again proposes a search for new cheese. However, Hem is comforted by his old routine and is frightened about the unknown. He knocks the idea again. After a while of being in denial, the humans remain without cheese. One day, having...
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“WhoMovedMyCheese?” by Spencer Johnson MD., is a very poignant and motivational narrative that is built around the effects of change. The perception of change is shown in the trials and tribulations the main characters are confronted with. The story encourages the reader to anticipate, acknowledge and utilize (to their advantage) the changes they may be faced with in their lives. It also touches on the magnitude and consequence of change as a very fundamental facet of life, which need not be shunned or opposed. In essence, the ideas about change shared in this book, give the reader perspective in the recognition of change and the application of some management skills to help find clarity in the diverse changes in life, both professionally and personally. It is the ideal companion to leadership application.
“WhoMovedMyCheese?” by Spencer Johnson MD., is a book I have grown to appreciate very much. The author did a fine job explaining the complications experienced in the process of change. He was able to connect his insight about change with his readers by using...
“WhoMovedMyCheese” is a story about the simplicities and complications of life. The differences between the four characters depict each of our emotional states and how we react to change in our lives.
WhoMovedMyCheese is a story about the simplicities and complications of life. The differences between the four characters depict each of our emotional states and how we react to change in our lives. The four characters are Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw who reveal the different stages we go through to find our cheese. The cheese signifies our search for success and happiness at work and in our personal lives. They live in a maze representing our surroundings, whether it is at work or home, relentlessly searching for their cheese. While the overall lesson seems almost too simple; this story carries a lot of importance concerning changes and the consequences of our reactions or lack thereof.
Anyone who reads this story will try to identify themselves with one of the characters, but if we look close we can find a little of ourselves in each character. At the ripe age of 28, I like to think I can align myself with the character Haw. Hem and Haw are described as little people, but they are replicas of humans. They have emotions, thoughts and reactions just as we do. In the beginning...
...the pursuit of cheese. Sniff and Scurry could care less about cheese. However, for Hem and Haw, having cheese means security, good health or materials. Living in a beautiful cottage with a loving family is the cheese dreamt by Haw. Whereas, for Hem, he dreamt of having the big cheese; owning a big mansion on top of a hill. Cheese is used in the story as a metaphor of what we want in life. They can be a dream home, a loving relationship, a good career, financial security, etc. In order to get cheese, these four characters spend their day racing in the maze to find cheese. One day, they discovered Cheese Station C with a large supply of cheese. Each morning, Sniff and Scurry will get up early to get to the cheese station. Whereas, Hem and Haw, get up late each morning and took a slow stroll to the cheese station. The discovery of the cheese station leads them to get to the same supply each day which somehow created a routine for them. Hem and Haw became adapted to this constant source and felt secure up to the point that they are comfortable in the situation. This illustrates us in real life, in which we became comfortable with what we had accomplished that causes us to continue doing things the same way. We became blinded to our surroundings and becoming ignorant to changes. This is happening in...
An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life.
By Dr. Spencer Johnson
Forwarded by Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D.
“Whomovedmycheese?” is an allegorical story of how change is bound to happen in the life of every individual, especially in the work/business and personal life of every person. The story highlights 7 major steps in dealing with this change.
The story itself is about two mice sniff and scurry and two humans, Hem and Haw, known as ‘little people’ – however they are still the same size as the mice. They lived in a maze with different sections. Their only purpose in the maze was to go in search of their favorite scarce food - cheese. Now the maze represents the human environment that everyone lives in and the cheese represents the scarce resources we go in search of, for success or happiness in life. The various outlines in the maze represent the routes and strategies everyone employs in their quest for success and happiness.
In the beginning of the story, the two mice – Sniff and Scurry paired together each day in search of cheese, whilst the little people – Hem and Haw did the same. Because of the complex nature of the maze, the two groups are not very much aware of what the other is doing. So every day, very early in the morning they two groups put on...
ANS 1: The four characters are: Two little rats: Sniff and Scurry. Two little people: Hem and Haw.
ANS 2: The personalities of the characters are described by their names itself.
1. Sniff: Who sniffs out change early
2. Scurry: Who scurries into action
3. Hem: Who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse.
4. Haw: Who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better.
ANS 3: The author used two little animals and two little people to make his point because they represent simple and complex parts of ourselves, regardless of our age, gender, race or nationality.
ANS 4: Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life-whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money or a possession, health or spiritual peace of mind.
ANS 5: Maze is where we look for what we want- the organisation we work in, or the family or community we live in.
ANS 6: The best reaction to change was shown by Sniff and Scurry, they had already analysed the situation that the ‘cheese’ was about to finish so they decided to search for cheese before the situation worsens, sniff got to know about the change first and scurry blindly trusted sniff and immediately came into action and found new place for...
...and that was “WhomovedmyCheese” by Spencer Johnson. I always heard that it’s a great book. Early in the morning I held this book in my hand to complete it. It took me only 2 hours to complete this 100 pages book and I must confess that it’s a very good book. It’s a small story that will make you think about your present situation.
This is the story of 2 mice – Sniff & Scurry and 2 persons – Hem& Haw,who are as tiny as mice and their search for cheese to survive in their world that is a maze. The mice were the guys who adapted themselves always to the changes around them and survived happily whereas the 2 persons weren’t so adaptable to the changes happening around them and faced difficulties. The story tells you what you are going to gain when you adapt yourself to the situations around you rather than to suffer at one place. The cheese in this story can be related to many things in your life like work, money, love, family, knowledge etc.
The writings on the wall of the maze made by Haw makes one easily understand how change affects one’s life. After reading each writings on the wall, we can’t do anything except smile to ourselves thinking about its obvious simplicity and straightforward nature.
* Having Cheese Makes You Happy
* If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct
* Smell The Cheese...
Part One: You will read “WhoMovedMyCheese” by Spencer Johnson, MD. This is a very short book with an amazing message. Read this book and write a two page paper in 12pt font, 1 in margins, double-spaced Times New Roman with the information below. Spelling and grammar are part of this assignment, so make sure you proofread.
Part 1: Tell what character you identify with. I want to know why and provide examples to support your answer.
Part 2: Tell me why you believe this book has become such a popular book from your opinion.
Part 3: Provide ways in your life that you could change to a different character. Tell me what character and specific actions to do so. These changes can be in relation to your personal life, professional life, or any other aspect of your life.
WhoMovedMyCheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson tells a story of change, of how we react to it, and the trouble we can find ourselves in when we don't follow that change. Most people are afraid of the big “C” word: Change. They deny it, resist it, and many curse it. Change is not easy and this makes us uncomfortable. This reaction paper will include a big change that has recently occurred in my career, my response to it, the administrator’s response, and how I will deal with it in...
14 January 2015
What do you think this story is about?
This story is about change, how change is difficult and how most people get stuck in their ways. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to in life, whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, or money. Cheese represents what we think will make us happy, and when circumstances take it away, different people deal with change in different ways.
The author includes four characters in the story and states the characters represent the various parts of us as people?
Which character are you most like?
I think I am most like Sniff and Scurry because I can sense when change is happening and adjust to it.
Which character do you most want to be like?
I think I want to be most like Sniff and Scurry because they mentally prepared beforehand that the cheese supply is going to run out and they prepared ahead of time to move as soon as the supply started to dwindle.
Why do you think the author included the mice in the story instead of four people?
I think they included the mice because mice are known to move around when they are in your house and they have very sensitive noses to potentially sniff out cheese. I think if they had four humans and two were forward thinking and the other two weren’t as susceptible to change it would take...