“Who moved my cheese”, by Spencer Johnson is a short fable about dealing with change in both work and in life. 

In this quick read, a couple of mice (Scurry and Sniff) and two littlepeople (Hem and Haw) find months worth of cheese in the maze they are living in. Soon after they eat all of the cheese, Scurry and Sniff quickly run off to find more. 

But Hem and Haw, who didn’t even notice that the cheese was slowly disappearing, stick around to see if the cheese will magically reappear. 

Once Haw realizes that no more cheese is coming back, he decides to go searching for more.

Hem decides to wait it out. He thinks that this sudden change is not fair. He feels that he is entitled to the cheese that he originally found.

Throughout Haw’s journey to find more cheese, he learns quite a few lessons about change. He writes each lesson on the maze walls, hoping that Hem will try to come find him and will see the notes. 

Here is what Haw learned on his way to finally finding more cheese:

  • Change Happens - They Keep Moving The Cheese 

  • Anticipate Change - Get Ready For The Cheese To Move 

  • Monitor Change - Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old 

  • Adapt To Change Quickly - The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese 

  • Change - Move With The Cheese 

  • Enjoy Change! Savor The Adventure And Enjoy The Taste Of New Cheese!

One thing that is certain in life and in business is change. 


In business, your customers will change how they buy. Your customers will change how they communicate. Your customers will completely change what they need. 

In life, your bills are going to get more expensive. Your favorite restaurant is going to close. Your children are going to move out of the house (this might be a good thing depending on your scenario!). 

Just remember that change is coming your way, so get used to it. 

Be on the lookout for change. 

Always be searching for new ways to adapt to the changes. 

If you stay ahead of the curve, you can help steer the change to work to your advantage.  

In the end, just remember to enjoy change. Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese!

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Brad Telker
Vice President of Commercial Sales at cfm Distributors, Inc.

Brad joined the cfm team in 2006, and now as the Vice President of Commercial Sales, he focuses on business development, as well as helping contractors and engineers find creative and unique solutions to any size HVAC project. When he’s not at work, Brad enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family.