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Change Management: Concepts and Practice (The Technical Manager's Survival Guides)

Marcus Goncalves
Marcus Goncalves
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The title of this chapter was inspired by Spencer Johnson M.D.'s acclaimed book Who Moved my Cheese. The book tells a simple and amusing story of four characters that live in a maze and look for cheese, a metaphor for what you want to have in life, to nourish them and make them happy. The story reveals rofound truths about change that give people and organizations a quick and easy way to succeed in changing times.

In the story, two mice named Sniff and Scurry, and two people the size of mice, Hem and Haw, all of whom look and act a lot like regular people, are the protagonists. In the context of the story, cheese can be a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind, while the maze can be depicted as where you look for what you want, such as the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in.

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