Recently, several members of our office heard a tale about dealing with change called “Who Moved My Cheese”. In the story, four characters constantly search in a large maze for cheese to eat, and when they find a large amount one day, they settle down to eat it all. When the cheese is gone, two of the characters easily adapt and continue their search for more cheese. One character refuses to return to searching and insists the cheese was moved and will eventually return. The final character, after some time, does return to the search after overcoming his fear of starting over again. Eventually, the characters who returned to the cheese hunt find an even larger stash proving that adapting to the change was worth it.
While short, the story of “Who Moved My Cheese” showcases several methods of dealing with change and discusses the lessons learned from adapting to it. Each of these lessons can be applied to our everyday lives as no one thing in life is ever truly constant.
The first lesson learned is to adapt to change quickly. Like the first two characters in the tale who immediately returned to the search for cheese after the first stash ran out, the faster you adapt change, the faster you will see success from it. At Four Pillars we constantly adapt to change as fast as possible. When someone leaves to open another location, we adapt to their absence and look to replace them with another trainer. As markets open up and shut down, we adapt to the changes in our clients and their products. For example, when our largest client bought another company, we immediately began to learn the additional services that we were now able to provide. Adapting quickly, allowed our company to see immediate and continuous growth.
The second important lesson that the story tells of is to be ready to change again and again. At Four Pillars we know that change is the only constant in life and therefore, we must constantly be ready to adapt. As we open new locations, directors must be ready to adapt to a new client and client requests. Stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and being willing to learn makes the process of change simpler and it becomes easier to change the next time.
After telling the tale of “Who Moved My Cheese” in our morning meeting, members of our office realized that there are several ways to deal with the changes that occur every day. After some discussion, it was decided that our office would strive to resemble the first two characters who quickly adopted to the cheese being gone and began to search for more. After all, ‘they keep moving the cheese’, and therefore, we must constantly look for it.