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Are you living with smelly cheese?

As I continue to cull through my books to pass them on to other folks, I came across this management classic: Who Moved My Cheese?  I believe it is one of those books that deserves to be read by everyone and to be read often.  As I read it again this morning, I realized  that I am Haw.  It may take me a minute, but I will eventually realize my cheese has gone moldy, and it’s time for a change. Who are you? Sniff, Scurry, Hem or Haw, like me?

Axioms from the book:

  1. Having cheese (whatever it is for you – a job, a relationship, spiritual peace, jogging, golf) makes you happy.
  2. The more important your cheese is to you the more you want to hold onto it.
  3. What would you do if you were not afraid?
  4. Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
  5. Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
  6. When you move beyond the fear, you feel free.
  7. Imagine yourself enjoying your new cheese even before you find it, leads you to it.
  8. The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.
  9. Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
  10. When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change your course.
  11. Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to bigger changes that are to come.
  12. Move with the cheese and enjoy it.

Reference: Spencer Johnson M.D., Who Moved My Cheese? New York: G.P. Putnams & Son


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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