Once , long ago a land for away, there lived four little characters who ran through a maze

looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Two were mice named “ sniff “ and “scurry “ and two were little people namrd “ hem “ and “ haw “ were as small as mice but who looked and acted a lot like todays people. Due to their small size no one notice them but if you looked closely , you discover the most amazing things! four them every day spent time in maze looking for their own special cheeze. The mice , sniff and scurry possessing simple brains and good instincts , searched for the cheese they liked as mice often do. And hem and haw used their complex brains , filled with many beliefs and emotions . to search for a very different kind of cheese which will make them feel happy and successful. Four them were different but shared something in common , every morning , they each put on their jogging suits and running shoes and raced out into the maze looking for their favourite cheese. the maze was a labyrinth of corridors and chambers , some containing delicious and blind alleys leading nowhere , where anyone can get losted. sniff and scurry used the simple trial and error method of finding cheese. they remembered the corridors that held no cheese and quickly went into new areas. Sniff would smellout the general direction of the cheese , using his great nose and scurry would race ahead. they relied on their complex brains to develop more sophisticated methods of finding cheese. Sometime it works but sometime not . it made life in the maze more complicated and challenging. more or less sll four of them discovered in their own way , what they were looking for. And one day they found their own kind of cheese at the end of the corridors in cheese station c. Sniff and Scurry continued their daily routine. After reaching their destination , the mice took off their running shoedm tied them together and hung them around their necks. In the begining Hem and Haw also Raced towards Cheese Station C every morning to

and scratched and scurried around cheese station c . inspesting the area if there is any changes from day one. . Assuming the cheese will b there “This is great” Hem said “ Theres enough cheese here to last us forever”. thelittle people felt happy and succesfull and thought they were new secure and moved their homes to be closer to cheese station C and built a social life around it. It became a routine now for the little people. And again they were searching for new cheese . They were not surprised because they were noticing the supply of cheese had been getting smaller and they were prepared for the situation and knew instinctively what to do. “We deserve this Cheese”’ Hem Said. and confidece grew into the arrogance of success. Sniff and Scurry continued their routine. while sniff followed asa fast as he could. and continued yelling as though if he shouted loud enough someone would put it back. They wored there shoes and did not over analyze things because for them the answer was simple for them . as soon as they become comfortable they ddnt even notice what was happening.enjoy the tasty morsels but after a while a different routine set in for the little people. Later Hem and Haw arrived and was surprised and not prepared because they were not paying attention to the small changes were taking place. scurry took off running through the maze. To make themselves feel more at home they decorated the walls with dayings and even drew pictures of cheese around them which made them smile one read: Having Cheese makes you happy. “What ! no cheese?” Hem yelled . “ we certainly had to work long and hard enough to find it”. After finding their cheese Hem and Haw becomed comfortable now. situation t cheese station c had changed so they decided to change. As time went on. Sometimes the Little people take their friend by to see their pile of cheese at Cheese Station C and point to it with pride saying “ Pretty nice Cheese . One day they arrived at cheese station C and discovered there was no cheese. He picked up a nice dfresh piece and ate it and fell asleep after sometime which he often do. huh? some time they shared it with thjere friends and sometime not.

looked around and said . Hem was yelling . they were just mice . the behaviour of both of them was understandable. They ranked and raved at the injustice of it all. Because cheese was important to the little people they keep looking in cheese station c for cheese. The situation hadnt changed the cheese was no longer there. The next day they arrived at cheese station c expecting. “ by the way . how can this happen to them ? It wasn’t right the things were supposed to be. Haw didnt want to knw the cheese supply had gradually been getting smaller.“ Who moved my cheese?” he hollered. For Haw it was a loving family someday and living in a crazy cottage on Cheddar Lane. To hem cheese was becoming a big cheese in charge of others and owing a big house a top camembret Hill. haw had made future plans based on this cheese. “ Its not fair!”. somehow to find their cheese. they had their own ideas of what cheese meant to them depending on their taste. Haw was frozen with shock. we’re smarter then . While sniff and scurry had quickly moved on and hem and haw continued to hem and haw. Hem analysed the situation over and over haw opened his eyes . but haw didnt want to hear it. “ what would they know?” . They were not beliving this . The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold on to it. Hem and Haw went hungry and discouraged and wrote on the wall. He screamed at the top of his voice. He was just not ready for this. where are sniff and scurry ? Do you think they know something we dont ?” Hem scuffed. Finding cheese is the way of getting happy which they thought. finding cheese wasn’t easy.

mice. “ because .” “ Why should we change ?” Hem asked we’er special. we didnt cause the problem somebody else did this and we should get something out of it. which they were looking for a biggest store of cheese. They both still trying to decide what to do and sniff and scurry were alresdy on their way. they found a great supply of new cheese. want to go to the bottom of it. “ were entitled to our cheese. we should be able to figure this out.” : why ?” haw asked . this sort of things should not happen to us or if it does .” Haw suggested that they should stop analyzing the situation and find some new cheese. we should get some benefits”. Hem and Haw wer in cheese station C suffering effect of having no cheede and blaming each other for situation. into the maze ti find new cheese station. one day the mice went in the area of maze where they had never been before “ cheese ststion N” They squeald with delight.” I knw we’re smarter but not acting smarter to the situation may be need to change and do things differently. hem was not ready . “why should we get benefits?” haw asked “ Because we’er entitled”’ Hem claimed “Entitled to what ?” haw asked.” Haw replied. Haw th .

who anticipates change early by sniffing it out. Whatever part of us we choose. It may be the organization you work in. Sometimes we are like Sniff. ! Ask yourself “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?” ! Smell the Cheese often so you know when it is getting old. the more you want to hold on to it. ! Movement in a new direction helps you find New Cheese. Anticipate change.Wisdom in a Nutshell Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life . money. the relationships you have in your life. ! Having Cheese makes you happy. ! Adapt quickly. Two of the characters named Sniff and Scurry are mice. ! Enjoy change. or Haw. ! Be ready to change quickly. a loving relationship. you can become extinct. Four characters in this delightful parable represent parts of ourselves whenever we are confronted with change. . again and again. or Scurry. Hem and Haw are the little people. Maybe we are more like Hem. ! The more important your Cheese is to you. different people deal with change in different ways. representing those complex parts of us as human beings. They represent parts of us that are simple and instinctive. ! If you do not change. we all share the common need to find our way in the maze of life and succeed in changing times.whether it is a good job. or spiritual peace of mind. The maze is where you spend time looking for what you want. Cheese is what we think will make us happy. who learns to adapt in time when he sees something better. who quickly scurries into action and adapts. and when circumstances take it away. Discover how you can let change work to your advantage and let it lead you to success! Key Ideas The Maze Parts of All of Us The Idea Four characters live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. or the community you live in. who denies change and resists it out of fear.

having attended their high school reunion the night before. and how each person experienced it. ! Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come. ! Old beliefs do not lead you to New Cheese. you change course. a group of former classmates gathered for lunch to catch up on each other’s lives. ! Move with the Cheese and enjoy it! Kenneth Blanchard. and Scurry went about their business . the sooner you find New Cheese. ! When you see that you can find and enjoy New Cheese. ! Read the Handwriting on the Wall ! Change happens. Sniff. Ph. Michael tells the group The Story. so he adapted. relates how the Cheese story has made a difference in the lives of many people all over the world. and lives! NBC-TV Olympic broadcaster Charlie Jones heard the story and it helped him overcome his anger about being transferred from his usual Track and Field assignment to Swimming and Diving. Who Moved My Cheese? Everyday Hem. ! Imagining myself enjoying New Cheese. you feel ! Key Ideas The Maze Parts of All of Us The Idea free. Haw. learned the two new sports. where he had little experience. found that doing something new made him feel young. One sunny Sunday in Chicago. ! It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situation. leads me to it. Charlie went on to enjoy more success and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Broadcaster’s Alley. and in the process. They keep moving the Cheese. and gave him better assignments. His boss soon recognized his new attitude and energy. ! The quicker you let go of old cheese. The topic came around to change.! When you move beyond your fear. This simple parable has been credited with saving careers. even before I find it. He realized his boss had “moved his cheese”.D. marriages.

Every morning. the sooner you find New Cheese. He realized many more things: ! He had been holding onto the illusion of Old Cheese that was no longer there. ! When you change what you believe. ! He had started to change as soon as he learned to laugh at his own mistakes. you change what you do. Nothing gets better until You change. He knew it was safer to be aware of his real choices than to isolate . He realized that if he had moved sooner. ! The mistakes he made in the past can be used to plan for the future. So he wrote on the wall: ! The quicker you let go of old cheese. And to learn these important lessons he had to tell himself: GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. then he was able to let go and move on. ! Sniff and Scurry kept life simple. Haw soon found New Cheese at Station N. They didn’t overanalyze or overcomplicate things. He found a cheese station but it was empty. Haw soon came to realize: ! The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists. the cheese to check if it is getting old.collecting and eating cheese. and met up with his old friends Sniff and Scurry who looked like they had been there for quite some time because they had grown fat. Hem turned it down because he wanted the cheese he was used to. Haw went back into the maze. Haw went back to the cheeseless station to offer Hem some bits of Cheese he had picked up along the way. he often went out and explored new areas in order to stay in touch with what was happening around him. They simply moved with the Cheese. ! Notice the little changes so you are better prepared for the big change that might be coming. While Haw still had a supply of cheese. ! The biggest inhibitor of change lies within your self. he would have very likely found a good deal of New Cheese here. Haw reflected as he enjoyed his New Cheese.

asking each person in his organization who they thought they were: Sniff. Sales fell badly.” The group talked about how the parable related to the changes in their professional and personal lives. A Discussion BBeeststSSuummmmaarrieiess The There is a re is alwa lways a ys as ne s new ch w cheese eese out out there. ther mice and little men put on their jogging suits and running shoes. He recognized each character type had to be treated differently. ! Jessica’s encyclopedia company resisted change when someone suggested they sell their product in disk format. Every morning the mice and men headed over to Cheese Station C and soon they established their own routines. tie their running shoes together. These retail giants had huge inventory and low prices. They each found their own kind of cheese one day at the end of one of the corridors in Cheese Station C. She may need to go out into the maze and look for New Cheese. Their chain of small stores had to compete with mega-stores. and would sell for a fraction of the cost of actual hardbound encyclopedias. and her job security became threatened. Nathan pointed out. Each one could identify with one of the characters in the story. Sniff and Scurry woke up early everyday. ! Michael applied the story to his work. Jessica’s company didn’t change but their competitor did. The mice would arrive at the station. always following the same route. “Change happens to all of us. left their homes. Scurry. and raced around the maze looking for their favorite Cheese.himself in his comfort zone Michael finished telling the story and the group of former classmates gathered at a hotel lounge later that evening for drinks. The idea was that disks would be cheaper to update and produce. forcing Nathan to close down some of the stores in their chain. and hang them around their necks so they could get to . Hem or Haw. ! Nathan’s retail business suffered from unanticipated change.

them quickly whenever they needed to. they awoke a little later each day. Sniff and Scurry had already found a great supply of New Cheese at Cheese Station N. After much whining. Hem and Haw followed the same routine for a while. “Maybe you should just stop analyzing the situation so much and just get going and find some new cheese. “If you do not change. Haw was in the habit of writing thoughts on the wall for Hem to read. he learned several things for himself: ! He needed to let go of his fears. and walked to Station C. so they simply untied their running shoes from their necks and put them on. and noticed the Cheese supply was getting smaller every day. always assuming there would be Cheese waiting for them. but later on. they knew it was coming. you become extinct. The mice wasted no time and immediately ventured into the maze in search of New Cheese. “Who moved my Cheese?” Because the Cheese was so important to them. the two little people spent too much time deciding what to do. dressed slower. As he moved through the maze. One morning they discovered there was no more cheese.” Haw would write thoughts like these every now and then as he went about the maze. . and having taken their Cheese for granted. Haw found a little cheese here and there. They couldn’t believe the Cheese was gone. Hem yelled.” While Hem and Haw were wasting time fretting over their situation. on the other hand. He painted a picture in his mind of himself venturing out into the maze and eventually finding New Cheese. Before leaving he wrote. In fact. the little people put away their running shoes. and grew very comfortable in Station C. hoping Hem would venture out of Station C and read the handwriting on the wall. The mice did not overanalyze things. The mice. Haw also began to realize his fear was keeping him from leaving Hem and going back into the maze. Hem refused to leave Cheese Station C. always inspected the area. this over-confidence turned into arrogance. Later. they were surprised to find there was no more cheese. Haw suggested. Hem and Haw arrived later. Haw began to imagine himself tasting and enjoying New Cheese.

periodically smell the BBeeststSSuummmmaarrieiess “Maybe you should just stop analyzing the situation so much and just get going and find some new cheese.” “Maybe you should just stop analyzing the situation so much and just get going and find some new cheese.r. and next time. S . ByBy D Dr. ! He should be alert in order to anticipate change.! He realized what lies out there could be a lot better.” WWHHOO M MOOVVEDED M MYY C CHHEEEESESE Spepencncer er J Johohnsnsonon What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. not worse.

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