I bought this book because the subject of the book “Factory Man”, John Bassett III, mentioned that he had read it and found it useful. I liked the man and his hard headed stubborn fight for domestic manufacturing, so I bought “Who Moved My Cheese” on that whim.
As I listened to the book and the 4 cute characters Sniff and Scurry, the mice, and the little-people, Hem and Haw, as they dealt with the trials and rewards of living in the maze; I found myself thinking that these life lessons should not have to be learned by smart business men as adults. I have sense learned that there is a wonderful children’s version of the book that is brilliantly illustrated.
Upon consideration, I believe that adult little people do know these lessons already. The problem is that complex little adults can become bogged down in their own business dogma. In their arrogance they have come to believe that they are entitled to cheese; thus, the MY CHEESE part of the title. They get so into team playing, herd mindedness, and focused on the now of their lives, they fail to appreciate that the business maze is evolving / changing and if one fails to adapt they go extinct as a company. The mice on-the-other-hand represents the less complex more childlike creatures keenly attuned to supple changes in the maze and adapt quickly to change, using their primary survival senses.
Anecdotal story is the best way of overcoming the group think, herd mentality, obstinate patterns of an ossified business thinking model. One must persuade the other individual to remove their blinders and see differently otherwise they remain convinced that (A) nothing is wrong or (B) nothing needs change. The beauty of this reminder is in its childlike simplicity. These lessons are best learned in childhood. But if they are not learned; this book is not a bad way to learn or relearn them. So business man, I recommend you get a copy for yourself and buy the illustrated children’s version for your progeny.
Looking back at my own life, this book made me realize that at different times, I had been one or the other of the small people. My most successful periods were the times when I applied the optimum proportions of all four characters from the story.
Run Moe Run
Great book that puts LIFE in perspective. I will practice these techniques with a joyful heart
This book is exceptional and wonderfully narrated. It's thought provoking, it's calming, it's challenging and it's encouraging. I love this book and will suggest it to my wife, family and friends.