Who Moved My Cheese?

This week we’ve been reading the comically named Who Moved My Cheese? Rather than give you a review in prose, we thought we’d present a series of ideas that we got from reading this great book.

  • Change in the modern working world is something that everyone needs to embrace and contribute towards. Actively encouraging your team to document their ideas is a worthwhile exercise. However, I think that an open team discussion of these ideas would be really useful.
  • Continual development is vital to keep our ‘working muscles’ limber. Reading a selection of books (and reviews) will help with this, but additional training needs assessments  would also be beneficial for everyone.
  • Monitor change! For example formally monitor your figures each month and ask for more feedback. You want to be able to ‘smell the cheese often to know if it’s getting old’!
  • Embrace new technologies and advancements (i.e. new social mediums, concepts) and incorporate them into your work. Make a name for yourselves as being pioneers of new ideas and technologies.
  • I think that having a positive attitude towards change is crucial. With change comes failure and success. A culture where your team are not afraid of making mistakes or trying new things is revolutionary but pivotal to success. Make more of an effort to praise more than criticise and put a positive spin on negative comments. For example ‘You did this part brilliantly, but there is a slight error here. If you could change that, your work would be perfect’. I think this would boost morale and encourage people to work more effectively and with a great attitude. (I know if someone tells me I’ve done a great job, I am far more likely to strive to replicate this again).
  • Work more on your ‘core values’ or ‘company mottos’. I think Who Moved My Cheese?  offers the basis for some of these, such as ‘Don’t let hard work and setbacks deter you’, ‘anticipate change and be ready to change again’.
  • Finally, get everyone to read this book- change cannot happen without the participation of the whole team. It’s also really short, and only take about 2 hours to finish cover to cover!