Need to look at change – whether it be in the workplace, in relationships or elsewhere – Who Moved My Cheese is THE book. It’s a quick read – a parable really about mice (and little men) in a maze who discover the cheese they eat daily has disappeared. One group of characters embraces change and goes looking for “new cheese”, whilst others find it harder, and take a much longer road to accepting that the old cheese is gone forever. Sounds crazy – but like me, you’ll be making cheese references for weeks afterwards.
The foreword and discussion pages afterwards help continue to provide context to the parable and ensure it make sense to the reader. A great way to get across difficult information in a way that doesn’t place blame – it just goes through natural stages of responding to change and asks you if you could have responded differently.
I read this mainly for the workplace implications, but there are ones for my personal life too. I like “sniff the cheese regularly to make sure it’s not getting old!”.