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Smell your cheese more often

Smell your cheese more often

29th January 2014

(Keep reading to find out about the reference to cheese in the title.)
Boy, have we been busy since my last news update.  The preliminary meetings and enquiries I mentioned in Christmas is a Motivator  have turned into confirmed training dates, and much more is in the pipeline.
And so starts the cycle.  But actually, I’m not so sure where the cycle starts.  Is it with identifying training needs through the appraisal meeting, or is it before that with managers managing performance throughout the year?   Recently it has mainly been change driving the training need:  changes to job roles and responsibilities; changes to working practices; changes when staff leave and others replace them.
And so change is a good thing.  We may not particularly like change – creatures of habit that we are – but it is inevitable.   A client reminded me about the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Dr Spencer Johnson so I recently re-read it.  If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a really motivational , and exceptionally easy read (it takes about an hour), about how change affects us and what we might do to pre-empt and deal with change. 
One of the messages in it is to “Smell your cheese often to make sure it isn’t getting old”.  You’re probably laughing as you read that, and yes, it’s a bit of a cheesy quote (pun intended!).  But we could all do with ‘smelling our cheese’ more often.  It would help us:
  • decide if we are behind the times and need to update our skills
  • assess current working practices and introduce new, efficient ones
  • take stock of where we might want to be in six months, one year, five years
  • take on new responsibilities and so augment our skills and knowledge base
  • improve our profile and visibility as we are seen as seeking new challenges
  • set - and achieve – meaningful goals for our own future and well being
  • embrace ‘new cheese’ with a positive and determined mind set
With many new year’s resolutions now forgotten, maybe it’s time to ‘smell your cheese’ again.
If you would like us to come and talk to you about change driving training needs, or how we can help you with your training needs, please get in touch.
Have a good weekend when it comes.

Des Whitehorn


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