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’Wel,whenIaskedpeopleinourcompanywhotheywereintheStory,Isawwehadeveryoneofthefourcharactersinourorganization.IcametoseethattheSniffs,Scurrys,HemsandHawseachneededtobetreateddifferently.’OurSniffscouldsniffoutchangesinthemarketplace,sotheyhelpedusupdateourcorporatevision.Theywereencouragedtoidentifyhowthechangescouldresultinnewproductsandservicesourcustomerswouldwant.TheSniffsloveditandtoldustheyenjoyedworkinginaplacethatrecognizedchangeandadaptedintime.’OurScurryslikedtogetthingsdone,sotheywereencouragedtotakeactions,basedonthenewcorporatevision.Theyjustneededtobemonitoredsotheydidn’tscurryoffinthewrongdirection.TheywerethenrewardedforactionsthatbroughtusNewCheese.Theylikedworkinginacompanythatvaluedactionandresults.’’WhatabouttheHemsandHaws?’Angelaasked.’Unfortunately,theHemsweretheanchorsthatslowedusdown,’Michaelanswered.SomeofourHemschangedonlywhentheysawthesensiblevisionwepaintedthatshowedthemhowchangingwouldworktotheiradvantage.’OurHemstoldustheywantedtoworkinaplacethatwassafe,sothechangeneededtomakesensetothemandincreasetheirsenseofsecurity.Whentheyrealizedtherealdangerofnotchanging,someofthemchangedanddidwell.ThevisionhelpedusturnmanyofourHemsintoHaws.’’WhatdidyoudowiththeHemswhodidn’tchange?’Frankwantedtoknow.’Wehadtoletthemgo,’Michaelsaidsadly.’Wewantedtokeepallouremployees,butweknewifourbusinessdidn’tchangequicklyenough,wewouldallbeintrouble.’Thenhesaid,’ThegoodnewsisthatwhileourHawswereinitiallyhesitant,theywereopenmindedenoughtolearnsomethingnew,actdifferentlyandadaptintimetohelpussucceed.’Theycametoexpectchangeandactivelylookforit.Becausetheyunderstoodhumannature,theyhelpeduspaintarealisticvisionofNewCheesethatmadegoodsensetopracticallyeveryone.’Theytoldustheywantedtoworkinanorganizationthatgavepeopletheconfidenceandtoolstochange.AndtheyhelpeduskeepoursenseofhumoraswewentafterourNewCheese.’Richardcommented,’Yougotallthatfromalittlestory?’Michaelsmiled.’Itwasn’tthestory,butwhatwediddifferentlybasedonwhatwetookfromit.’Angelaadmitted,’I’malittlebitlikeHem,soforme,themostpowerfulpartofthestorywaswhenHawlaughedathisfearandwentontopaintapictureinhismindwherehesawhimselfenjoying’NewCheese.’ItmadegoingintotheMazelessfearfulandmoreenjoyable.Andheeventuallygotabetterdeal.That’swhatIwanttodomoreoften.’Frankgrinned.’SoevenHemscansometimesseetheadvantageofchanging.’Carloslaughed,’Liketheadvantageofkeepingtheirjobs.’Angelaadded,’Orevengettingagoodraise.’Richard,whohadbeenfrowningduringthediscussion,said,’Mymanager’sbeentellingmeourcompanyneedstochange.Ithinkwhatshe’sreallytellingmeisthat/needto,butIhaven’twantedtohearit.IguessIneverreallyknewwhatthe’NewCheese’wasthatshewastryingtomoveusto.OrhowIcouldgainfromit.’AslightsmilecrossedRichard’sfaceashesaid,’ImustadmitIlikethisideaofseeing’NewCheese’andimaginingyourselfenjoyingit.Itlightenseverythingup.Whenyouseehowitcanmakethingsbetter,yougetmoreinterestedinmakingthechangehappen.’MaybeIcouldusethisinmypersonallife,’headded.’Mychildrenseemtothinkthatnothingintheirlivesshouldeverchange.They’reprobablyafraidofwhatthefutureholds.MaybeIhaven’tpaintedarealisticpictureof’NewCheese’forthem.ProbablybecauseIdon’tseeitmyself.’Thegroupwasquietasseveralpeoplethoughtabouttheirownlives.’Wel,’Jessicasaid,’mostpeopleherehavebeentalkingaboutjobs,butasIlistenedtothestory,Ialsothoughtaboutmypersonallife.Ithinkmycurrentrelationshipis’OldCheese’thathassomeprettyseriousmoldonit.’Corylaughedinagreement.Iprobablyneedtoletgoofabadrelationship.’Angelacountered,’Or,perhapsthe’OldCheese’isjustoldbehavior.Whatwereallyneedtoletgoofisthebehaviorthatisthecauseofourbadrelationships.Andthenmoveontoabetterwayofthinkingandacting.’




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