Sniffing, Scurrying, Hemming and Hawing
After beginning the story “Who Moved My Cheese?” I was instantly hooked. This book was such an easy read but I felt like I took away great lessons and advice. The story was in such simple terms and the lessons seemed so obvious, but many people, myself included, often overlook the beauty of change. I identified with several characters in the book, in different aspects of my life as well as throughout the different stages it took to become who I am today.
As an over-thinker and over-analyzer, I believe I most identify with the two little people Hem and Haw. Change is scary to most people, and I often find myself hesitant to accept that change is occurring. It is more comfortable and relaxing to stay in the environment you’re currently in than to jump into the unknown. When it comes to school, I believe I most behave like Sniff. I am also an overachiever and like to stay ahead in academics. I constantly connect with my advisors and professors to find out what is new in the business school and in my classes. I also behave like Sniff and sometimes Scurry in my work life. Although my current job as a nanny doesn’t require as many thought processes and adjustments as some other professions, children are constantly growing, changing and learning, therefore I adjust along with them to ensure they make positive transitions in their lives.
When the situation comes to money and financial security, I behave most like Hem. I am very careful with my money and don’t like big financial changes in my life. It takes me far out of my comfort zone which scares me. In a relationship, I most identify with Haw. When a relationship is familiar to me it’s comforting, regardless of the fact whether it is a healthy relationship or not. I always try to believe the best in people, hoping that they will change their ways to make the relationship better. I now realize that if something is not healthy for me and it doesn’t always...
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Senior Project and WhoMovedMyCheese?
Senior Project and WhoMovedMyCheese?
“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...
...The book WhoMovedMyCheese is about change and how it can affect how you are in life. Some people take changes hard while others just go with the flow. Some are ready for a change when the time comes and others want things to never change.
I most identify with Hem and Haw, they are two little people. They are happy at first doing what comes naturally and eating what is in front of them. As time goes on thecheese begins to lessen and they eventually have no cheese, but they wait to see if more cheese will appear. When no cheese appears they eventually go out into the maze looking for more but are afraid to venture to far from the place the original cheese was. I feel I most identify wit Hem and Haw because they are afraid to change but know that if they want to eat they will have to change. I was afraid at first to come back to school because I am in my thirties and not used to the studying. At first coming back to school was very hard I had been out of school for about 18 years. Now that I am almost finished it seems like just yesterday I was a new student.
I believe that if you want something badly enough you should try to get whatever it is even if you think you are going to fail. I thought that studying was going to be very hard but, it has been almost like riding a bike once you do it you don't...
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,...