August 16, 2010

Change Management - Who Moved My Cheese?

Being good at change is a competitive advantage of a company or a person. In order to be good at change you need to know what change is and how it happens.

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson is a story on how we deal with change, as the four characters are parts of all of us. "Cheese" is whatever you want at work or in life. Sometimes in order to succeed you need to go out of your comfort zone, to go into an area where you have never been before to find new opportunities and achieve your goals.
5 Phases of Change
Phase 1 First shock
Phase 2 Provisional adjustment
Phase 3 Inner contradictions
Phase 4 Inner crisis
Phase 5 Re-construction & recovery

These are the most common 5 Phases people go through as they encounter professional or personal life change. As people have different personalities & life experience, it’s not necessary that everyone goes through all 5 Phases in the same way.
5 Tips on Change Management
  1. The more important cheese is to you the more you want to hold on to it.
  2. What would you do if you weren't afraid?
  3. When you move beyond your fear, you feel FREE!
  4. When you change what you believe, you change what you do.
  5. Adapt to change quickly, the quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese.
"Who Moved My Cheese" ... the movie on Change Management
(video below)

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