The Change Management Cheese

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to create a post on the New York Times business bestseller by Dr. Spencer Johnson, “Who Moved My Cheese?”. This is a brilliantly written parable, which in the most simple way, has succeeding in inspiring millions. “Who Moved My Cheese?” has been an unbelievable success because of its easy to understand metaphors and its relatability.


The story involves four characters who live in a maze: the mice Scurry and Sniff, and two ‘little people’, Hem and Haw. Each one represents a different character trait and shows the various reactions of people to change. Within the personalities of the protagonists, Johnson succeeds in capturing the entire human spectrum of emotions and reactions to change.


As a change manager, it is easy to see why this book is a must read. I personally recommend it as a must read for department managers and upwards in the company’s hierarchy. Understanding the psychology of change is vital. But if you don’t take my word for it; there’s this expert analysis.


Chris is the Lead Author & Editor of Change Blog. Chris established the Change blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to Change Management.