There were two mice named “Sniff” and “Scurry” and two were littlepeople named “Hem” and “Haw” and they all lived in a maze. Every day the mice and the littlepeople spent time in the maze looking for cheese.
Eventually they all discovered what they were looking for at cheese Station C. When they arrived at cheese Station C, the mice took off their running shoes, tied them together and hung them around their necks – so they could get to them quickly whenever they needed them again.
But after a while, a different routine set in for the littlepeople. Hem and Haw hung up their jogging shoes and put on their slippers. They were becoming very comfortable now that they had found the Cheese.
After a while Hem’s and Haw’s confidence grew into arrogance. Soon they became so comfortable they didn’t even notice what was happening.
One morning they arrived at Cheese Station C and discovered there was no cheese.
(You could call it redundancy or lack of work, what should you do)?
Sniff and Scurry had noticed the supply of cheese had been getting smaller every day, put on their running shoes and went out into the maze to look for new cheese.
Hem and Haw arrived at Cheese Station C. They had not been paying attention to the small changes that had been taking place each day, so they took it for granted their Cheese would be there. They were unprepared for what they found. “What! No Cheese?”
Hem and Haw continued to spend days ranting and raving about the injustice of it all.
Finally, one day Haw realised if he kept doing the same things over and over again things will not get better and put on his running shoes and went out to search for more cheese.
Haw found a new source of cheese. However Hem remained where he was, waiting for the cheese to come back to station C.
Haw’s journey taught him some key principles when dealing with change
Notice the little changes around you and prepare for the big change that might be coming.
Understand there is always New Cheese out there whether you recognise it or not.
Recognise the fears that are holding you back then “do it anyway”, face your fears and work through them.
Keep things simple, be flexible and move quickly.
If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct. (2)
Plus one more from Jack Welch,
The ex CEO of General Electric and once crowned “Manager of the Century”
“Change Before You Have To”
Jack Welch in an interview said when asked “Do you have any regrets” he replied
“I would have done everything faster.
Too often we pause when we should have charged. You’re never fast enough.”