Phase One – Panic and Preparation.

Dunkirk Spirit. We can do this. All in this together.

Phase Two – New Ways of Working.

Zoom. See you in two months. Lower expectations. Date Nights and YouTube Quizzes.

Phase Three – Back to Normal.

Except there is no normal. ‘But I can’t stay like this!’. Phased return. Look at what others are doing. My job is different. Everything’s different.

This latter phase is the one that needs the most care, consideration and compassion.

It’s less a case of Who Moved My Cheese and more Who Moved My Life.

Be kind. Listen to understand. Look after yourself first. Open your mind to possibility.

Eat cheese.

Be Brilliant!



PS Please leave your comments below.


  1. May 28th 2020 by Christine Stockings

    Very good advice Michael. I think leaders will have to be looking at their culture and maybe moving it to another style to accommodate and nurture teams through this transition. The book you refer to is excellent.

  2. May 28th 2020 by Simon Lewis

    And as you type it I see my favourite local shop: the Cotswold Cheese Shop 🙂

  3. May 28th 2020 by DEE

    Really kind, thoughtful & deep statements, Michael, showing genuine empathy…. you’ll be a great help to many during the months & years ahead. DEE xx Diana Cosford

  4. June 4th 2020 by John Peters

    Here is a Flip It for you. I became disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. That was my lockdown. I went through Phase One, Panic. Then Phase Two, found new ways of working. Phase Three is not exactly back to normal but an acceptance of a new normal. No government is going to lift this lockdown ever. So I have been in lockdown for years. However, in lots of ways my new normal is better.
    Now off to find some vegan cheese.

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