Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

General Description (from Amazon.com)
Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze. Four beings live in that maze: Sniff and Scurry are mice–nonanalytical and nonjudgmental, they just want cheese and are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Hem and Haw are “little people,” mouse-size humans who have an entirely different relationship with cheese. It’s not just sustenance to them; it’s their self-image. Their lives and belief systems are built around the cheese they’ve found. Most of us reading the story will see the cheese as something related to our livelihoods–our jobs, our career paths, the industries we work in–although it can stand for anything, from health to relationships. The point of the story is that we have to be alert to changes in the cheese, and be prepared to go running off in search of new sources of cheese when the cheese we have runs out.

Dr. Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organizations–anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and skeptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all natural history in just 94 pages: Things change. They always have changed and always will change. And while there’s no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won’t happen is always the same: The cheese runs out. –Lou Schuler

Why the President Should Read This Book
Do you suppose the President’s cheese ever gets moved? It’s ridiculous to even ask the question. Sometimes the cheese being moved is our their fault (the first Bush’s broken campaign promise of “no new taxes”, the Clinton/Lewinsky affair), while at other times there’s little they can do about it (dot-com bubble burst of March, 2000 for Bush, not to mention 9/11 or Katrina, or the Gulf oil spill for Obama). The question is what does the President do when his cheese gets moved? Does he deny it has been moved? Does he admit it has moved, but then plays the blame game about who moved it? Or does he simply find new cheese?

Personal Notes
The principles this book teaches are simple and easy to understand. I would hope that any leader we’ve elected would not find it earth-shattering or mind-blowing, because if that’s the case, we’ve elected a leader who is woefully ignorant about how to get things done. Unfortunately, in looking at our present leadership at the federal level in just about every office I’m not sure this isn’t the case.