Management Sample Essay on Who Moved My Cheese

Who Moved My Cheese

            As humans, there are varieties of things that we seek in life in order to fulfill our desires, or the more common phrase, to make us happy. To different people, this has different meanings, for example, having money, a job, or the finding one’s soul mate. What every one of us values is the “cheese.” The fact that the cheese disappeared demonstrates the elusive nature of the “cheese” and this is usually the case for each one of us. The rats are in a maze, which symbolizes the environment we find ourselves in, for example, our workplace, which is constantly changing and unpredictable (Johnson, 22). The overall theme of the video is that we must be able to anticipate change and adapt to it when it eventually comes.

            The mice, namely Sniff and Scurry, on realizing that there was no cheese, quickly went off in search of new cheese. They did not overanalyze the situation on detail but just moved on. In addition, they had expected it to happen and were always ready with their running shoes around their necks. The little people, Hem and Haw react to the missing cheese by complaining about the situation and staying hungry. They were of the opinion that they were entitled to the cheese and someone had taken away what belonged to them. The character that I relate to most is Haw, who after seeing no change to the situation, decided to move on to newer pastures. Although he was reluctant at first, he finally realized that staying at Cheese Station C was not helping and decided to face his fears, albeit alone, in search for new cheese. He is also appreciative of the little cheese he finds on the way and writes useful tips for both himself and others on the wall to act as a guide.

            The video shows reluctance to change, but only from the little people. They believed they were entitled to the cheese and therefore were not willing to move on. This is despite waiting for many days without a change in their situation. They did not want to accept that the situation had changed and it was therefore time for them to change also.  Cheese had an influence in the reluctance to change by the little people. They had become accustomed to the comfort it provided them and so they were unwilling to leave that comfort. However, Haw was eventually able to finally rid himself of the reluctance to change.

            Running shoes are used in the video to depict the essential tools we use in the pursuit of cheese. In the video, they are shown to be the ones that enable the characters to reach the cheese since without them they cannot run towards the cheese (“Who moved my cheese? Full Movie.”). They are necessary for fast movement either towards or away from the cheese. This interpretation suggests that running shoes are the skills gained in the course of seeking a living and which have to be constantly sharpened. These include; constant networking and skills constantly learned in the workplace. They are necessary not only for getting to the cheese but also for the pursuit of new opportunities.

            The writings on the wall signify lessons learnt along the way of seeking an alternative path. They are used by Haw as a reminder of what he has learnt and the mistakes he should not make again. They were used to act as a guide both to himself and to Hem, if he chose to leave Cheese Station C in pursuit of new cheese. They are the lessons that can only be learnt by letting go of the old and choosing to change.

            As a supervisor, one of the action steps that Iwould take to manage change is implementing attitude change (Harris, 81). The perception of change is all in the mind and this would prepare the workers for dealing with change mentally. This involves a dynamic way of solving problems that involves engaging activities that encourage a non-conventional approach to problems. I would also implement moving of workers between departments to ensure they are equipped with various skill sets useful to them and to reduce the chances of complacency.

Works Cited

Harris, Philip Robert. Managing the Knowledge Culture: A Guide for Human Resource     Professionals and Managers on the 21st Century Workplace. Human  Resource            Development, 2005. Print.

“Who moved my cheese? Full Movie.” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 14 Sep. 2013.         Web. 7 Apr 2014.

Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way To Deal With Change in Your         Work and in Your Life. New York: Putnam, 1998. Print.