How well do you respond to change? Review the Who Moved My Cheese? change concepts as quoted from the 8th edition of the Shockley-Zalabak text. If possible, obtain and review a copy of the book Who Moved My Cheese? by Johnson and Blanchard (1998).

  1. Having cheese makes you happy.
  2. The more important your cheese is to you, the more you want to hold onto it.
  3. If you do not change, you can become extinct.
  4. What would you do if you were not afraid?
  5. Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
  6. Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
  7. When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.
  8. Imagining yourself enjoying new cheese even before you find it, leads you to it.
  9. The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you will find new cheese.
  10. It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situation.
  11. Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese.
  12. When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course.
  13. Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.
  14. Move with the cheese and enjoy it! (Johnson & Blanchard, 1998)

Optionally conduct Internet research about how Johnson's change concepts have grown into a multimillion dollar corporate enterprise. Then based on the textbook and optional additional research:

  • Share any experiences or insights you may have related to this popular organizational change.
  • Share personal ideas and insights related to the above change concepts.
  • Is there a difference in your response when change is unexpected and when you plan for the change? What makes the difference?


Johnson, S., & Blanchard, K. (1998). Who moved my cheese? New York, NY: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 

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