At various times in a person’s life they may react to change in many different ways. Johnson provides a classification akin to mice and their cheese. The 4 rodent behavior types are:
Sniff - “sniff’s out change early” - this rodent senses that change is coming and prepares early looking for new cheese.
Scurry - “scurries into action” - this rodent is never satisfied with the current stash of cheese and is always on the move looking for more cheese.
Hem - “denies and resists change as he sees it will lead to something worse” - this rodent will consume the current stash of cheese and once finished might still not be inclined to look more cheese thinking that the cheese might come to him.
Haw - “learns to adapt when he sees changing can lead to something better” - this rodent is waiting for for proof that there is something better out there.
And in summary Johnson directs us to the handwriting on the wall:
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’s getting old
Adapt to Change Quickly - the quicker you let go of old cheese the sooner you can enjoy the new cheese
Change - move with the cheese
Enjoy Change - savor the adventure and enjoy the tase of the new cheese
Be Ready to Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again and Again - they keep moving the cheese
In Summary: “Move with the Cheese and enjoy it”