IV. As a CEO of MEGATech I wish to see my company flourishing and becoming more and more successful. To do so, I have to motivate my current employees to move forward and innovate. How am I doing this? First of all, every employee will be asked to read the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Dr. Spencer. “Who Moved My Cheese?” is a short parable or business fable showing 4 different reactions to change. The book was published in 1998, but remains to be one of the best-selling business books. I would ask employees to find their prototypes in the book after this 4 groups will be formed depending on the type of reaction to change:
1) Sniff (mouse) - sniffs out change early;
2) Scurry (mouse) - scurries into action;
3) Hem (little person) - denies and resists change through fear;
4) Haw (little person) - learns to adapt when he can see something better.
When this is done, the management team will rearrange work assignments so Scurries will be working with Hems and Sniffs with Haws. In the first case, Scurry’s desire to jump the gun will be suspended by Hem’s inability to accept change and on the contrary, Hem’s resistance to change will be neutralized by Scurry’s initiative. In the second case, Sniffs and Haws can work collaboratively which would help the company to identify the opportunity earlier and to introduce it to the company’s common practice.
Secondly, each employee will get a booklet with quotes from the mentioned above book. This booklet will serve as an encouragement and a reminder for them. Some of the quotes that can be included are:
• Life moves on and so should we.
• What would you do if you weren't afraid?
• What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.
Thirdly, the importance of innovation should be made vivid to the employees. As a CEO, I would explain the employees that if our business can’t establish a way to drive change through innovation, our products, services, technologies, and existence, become obsolete. We can be surpassed by the...