’17s Session 3 – “Who Moved My Cheese?”

This morning Coach Bowles led an outstanding discussion on change and how we adapt and modify our approach to dealing with change based on the scenario and environment.

The students were asked to watch “Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life”, published in 1998 by Random House UK, prior to the meeting.  Who Moved My Cheese  This video, adapted from the motivational book, uses cheese as a metaphor to talk about change in one’s life and work and the four typical types of reactions to change.

The students began the session with an open discussion on each element of the video.  They discussed the meaning of the cheese, Sniffy and Scurry, Hem and Haw.  We then discussed the approaches to change that each character represented.

  • Anticipates and sniffs out change
  • Quickly accepts change and scurries off to take action
  • Resistant to change
  • Reluctant but once committed to change accepts it and is ready

Coach asked the students to play “four corners” with each corner representing Sniffy, Scurry, Hem and Haw.  She asked them to reflect on four different scenarios (family, peers, school, and relationships) and based on the scenario to move to the corner that represented their approach.  The take-away was that each student moved based on the scenario and they were quickly able to see that they adapt and modify their approach to change.

We ended the session by applying this to the Fellows programs.  Each student was encouraged and challenged to reflect on how they approach change within the CCGL and to use the winter break to reflect on what they want to change, how to change and what approach they want to take toward change.

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