Who moved my cheese??- Dealing with change in your work & life

I couldn’t help but agree with some online readers when they commented that the ideas revolved around ‘Who moved my cheese’ was a simple one, perhaps for a toddler or a high school student. However, I had to read this book twice to understand why I was agitated with the concepts the writer was trying to convey. After my second read, I finally understood. You need to be in a crisis first, in order to appreciate the concepts. The concepts so simple yet people tend to forget. It is really embarrassing how, I despite being involved in a couple of competitive sports and holding a leadership roles in university society took a while to realise that I may  and may not have applied these analogies in various occasions.

Anyway, in general, I doubt anyone will apply the concepts unless they are in the situation where they have to deal with change in the shortest possible period of time. It can be in any situation, dealing with corporate world or even personal relationships. Just that, the author, Dr Spencer Johnson was trying to help us understand what type of individual we are, when dealing with the phase of change.

And so, there are four characters: Sniff, Scurry (mice) and two people Hem and Haw. The mice are always on the ball, adapting to change quickly and believe that nothing lasts. The people however, took a while to adapt to change. I think I’m Scurry, always getting into daily routine. My only problem is that I tend to get afraid when I think of the amount of things to learn or do on my plate. Let me give you a scenario. I have been assigned to assist a client in their service migration. Thus, I have to able to use their complex system quickly in order to get my tasks done. I remembered taking two full days learning it manually, without any documentation. This carried on until my client took time off his busy schedule to guide me through the system. Complicated as it seems, things can be made easier if and only if I had stayed calm and think through the objectives.

Other than that, I realised that we should not always complain about how things are not going in our favour. My countrymen are pretty good at the art of complaining. Instead, we should take initiatives or small changes to make our processes or lives easier. For instance, we can always automate our forms and type out the data before printing them out to make data entry easier in terms of identifying the words etc. Yes, that’s what I will do in my current workplace rather than sighing at the amount of things I have to do. I see such behaviour in some of my colleagues. My colleagues who refuse to adapt to change and prioritise. Sometimes, we have to deal with stereotypes and traditional mindsets before change can happen. It all starts with a smile, explaining one’s intentions about the change and how good it will be for everyone. If all else fails, take small steps so people are able to see the impact of the change.

I think I like change. I cannot stay too long in my comfort zone. Otherwise, I will get bored, and become dispensable. The only problem is, I have to learn not to think too much (burden of being a female).  Lastly, we should all constantly do self- reflection in order to become a better individual, in all aspects, especially emotionally. After all, we face setbacks and challenges for a reason, to help us find our purpose and prevent us from making grave mistakes in the future. Whatever it is, it’s all for a good reason I believe.