Monday, July 22, 2013

Who moved my cheese - A review


Who moved my cheese by Spencer Johnson, a fable written to stress on coping with changes. The book's blurb claims that a manager read the book had distributed it to every fellow in the organization, wow!this book must be great. The books has one message 'Changes will be there and you have to cope with them' though for a little fable this message is good enough.



The book starts with a get-together of old friends, where one starts talking about this fable which inspired him and many in his office, sooner the eager friends wants to hear the story too. So they all sit together and listen to the story at the end they discuss the above mentioned message again via the characters in the story.



Story line:

There is a big maze for finding cheese(success), 4 characters are in the maze: 2 mouse Sniff and Scurry, 2 little men Ham and Hew. Everyday they have to run for their cheese, one day they find surplus supply in a station(ref. this a position in real life) little men decides to settle down there and take it granted. But mouses doesn't they await changes as they smell quality of cheese & measure quantity of cheese so they tie shoes to their neck so that they can move when they want. One day they ran outta cheese at that station, soon mouse started running for cheese. But little men choose to stay thinking someone has to come back with cheese, after long time Haw decides to go in search for new cheese. Sometime later Haw comes back to Hem and calls him with new bits of cheeses he found on way but Hem refuses. At last Haw finds new cheese station and hopes that Hem would catch up following the handwritten trails left by Haw himself.



Lesson from the story:

1. Change Happens - They Keep Moving The Cheese

2. Anticipate Change - Get Ready For The Cheese To Move

3. Monitor Change - Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old

4. Adapt To Change Quickly - The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese

5. Change - Move With The Cheese

6. Enjoy Change! - Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!

7. Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again - They Keep Moving The Cheese



Truth is I forgot the moral of story as I have to dig this one outta Wikipedia lame! Actually story translates to personalities in real life as Sniff the one who senses, Scurry the one who acts quickly, Ham the one adapts to changes before its too late, Hem the one who don't want to act(change). This roughly translate to a Tamil story on fishes "வருமுன் காப்போம் - வந்தபின் செயல்படுவோம் - வரட்டும் பாப்போம்". Where one fish escapes the drought by sensing time of summer other saves itself by hard work later, 3rd poor fellow who does nothing dies sadly. I'm not sure about title if you have your children in kinder garden poke them they might know! Oops! I forgot corporate guys we only love International School and complain about the fee :P #noharm



My rating to this novella is 3/5, trust me if I had not heard much about this book it would have been 3.5 at least. But after the much expectation this book created by its blurb and people I know I was up for something even more. The book didn't talk about self-satisfactory stuffs this is no stress buster, I'm sure one can't win life only by following this. Many more stuffs are there in the market to beat this up into pulp :P