Who Moved My Cheese?
Who Moved My Cheese? 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 my future role as an administrator.
Who Moved My Cheese? is a simple story of four characters that live in a maze and are constantly looking for cheese. Two of the four characters are named Hem and Haw and are little people about the size of mice but are complex just like humans. They rely on their emotions, and experience in life to make achievements, but also like humans they can become very comfortable and be oblivious to what is happening around them. The other two characters are mice named Sniff and Scurry. They rely more on instinct and their senses to conduct everyday life. Although they are simple minded and not very smart, they do not get hung up emotionally when things work against them. They have the power of adaptation, which allows them to continually maintain a productive life no matter how things change around them.
The book deals with a story inside a story. A group of former classmates get together and chat about their life after high school days. One of them, Michael, relates the story of Who Moved My Cheese? to others to illustrate how this helped him cope in life and at work with unwelcome changes. Even though Michael’s experience to change deals with the corporate world, the message can be applied to every career. As an educational leader, your corporate world includes the school, personnel, community, central office and state departments. As I read Who Moved My Cheese? I constantly thought about my previous week and how I reacted to the
References: Johnson, S., & MD. (1998). Who Moved My Cheese?. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam 's Sons. http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/eia/2195.html.