How well do you respond to change? Review the Who Moved My Cheese? change concepts as quoted from the 8th edition of the Shockley-Zalabak text. If possible, obtain and review a copy of the book Who Moved My Cheese? by Johnson and Blanchard (1998).
- Having cheese makes you happy.
- The more important your cheese is to you, the more you want to hold onto it.
- If you do not change, you can become extinct.
- What would you do if you were not afraid?
- Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
- Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
- When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.
- Imagining yourself enjoying new cheese even before you find it, leads you to it.
- The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you will find new cheese.
- It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situation.
- Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
- When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course.
- Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.
- Move with the cheese and enjoy it! (Johnson & Blanchard, 1998)
Optionally conduct Internet research about how Johnson’s change concepts have grown into a multimillion dollar corporate enterprise. Then based on the textbook and optional additional research:
- Share any experiences or insights you may have related to this popular organizational change.
- Share personal ideas and insights related to the above change concepts.
- Is there a difference in your response when change is unexpected and when you plan for the change? What makes the difference?