Who Moved My Cheese?

1579 Words Feb 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Change is undeniable fact of life and change in healthcare is not different. Often, the changes are small, easily missed, and quickly accepted. Other changes are large, sweeping in scope, and cause a great deal of stress in those not prepared for it. Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson, is a short parable about four different characters adapting or not adapting to unexpected change. This story and the lessons it contains, can serve as a guideline to adapting to change in both one’s professional and personal life. But change is a difficult and frightening experience, and resistance to change is often also an undeniable fact of life.
The Four Characters There are four characters in Who Moved My Cheese? who can each represent different parts of a person’s personality. They can also represent different kinds of people within an organization. These characters are the mice, Sniff and Scurry, and the little people, Hem and Haw, who search the maze daily for cheese. The daily search for cheese is a metaphor for a person going out in the world to find what makes him or her happy in life (Johnson, 1998). When the four characters’ large stash of cheese at Cheese Station C is found to be empty one day, they are forced to face the problem of an unexpected change. Each of these characters takes a different approach to this problem with varying success.
Each of these characters can be loosely associated with certain groups in Rogers’ bell curve of innovation adoption (see…

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