I have been looking through books for something applicable, pertinent, and timely. I found it in a 2011 book by Deepak Malhotra titled “I Moved Your Cheese.”
This 69 page book is wonderfully applicable to today’s topsy-turvey world of business and work. Malhotra, at the time, was a Harvard University Professor teaching negotiations and working with entrepreneurs.
The book, as stated in the preface, is an extension of a previous book titled “Who moved my Cheese.” “For those having a hard time dealing with big (or even small changes),” this is a compelling read. This book is intended for people and organizations who feel trapped in their current circumstances.
“I Moved Your Cheese” uses the stories of mice, a maze, and cheese. Several assumptions are imperative for the reader to grasp: Change happens. One must not fear change. Accept change. What one can control is one’s reaction to that change.
The author stresses that this read is a useful reminder that change happens. Much of that change is beyond your control. The Business and the world of work today are radically different than a year ago and light-years different than 10 years ago.
The story reviews how mice react in the maze. Many react differently. Those who struggle and could not break old habits were slower to respond and succeed in the maze. “By learning to change with the times, the mice that change found more cheese.”
With people losing jobs, individuals must re-invent themselves. I know that my consulting business has evaporated. Time for me, and us, to be proactive. I invested time and developed a plan. Action has started on to a whole new perspective and world of consulting.
In acting proactively, one question asks us how we are responding to changes. Are we blindly accepting the change(s)?
The message is clear from the author, “I Moved Your Cheese” aims to help readers question their assumptions about what limitations they really face, and to encourage them to take the steps (action) necessary to change not only their behavior but also their circumstances. I have an acquaintance who lost a job. Both partners in the marriage are now facilitating estate sales. From the appearance on social media, it looks like a wonderful metamorphosis.
Finally, the subject of walls was a problem and reason for concern. There are walls everywhere. Yes, you, our reader, see walls in your life. I see them in mine. Now the real question, and one of the messages that form the book is: how will you (and I) address and climb those walls? Will the wall get the better of us?
For me, I think not. I have much more to contribute. Case in point: I took the initiative and spent time with Ashley on the “Muscatine Today Show with Ashley” to talk about my experience with prostate cancer.
If you think about today, your life, your business, your work (or lack thereof) is so much different than in the past. Now, what action will you (we) take to address those changes?