I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze / Edition 1

I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze / Edition 1

by Deepak Malhotra
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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
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I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze / Edition 1

If you were a mouse trapped in a maze and someone kept moving the cheese, what would you do?

Over a decade ago the bestselling business fable Who Moved My Cheese? offered its answer to this question: accept that change is inevitable and beyond your control, don’t waste your time wondering why things are the way they are, keep your head down and start looking for the cheese.

But success in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, leadership, and business growth—as well as personal growth—depends on the ability to push the boundaries, reshape the environment, and play by a different set of rules: our own. With that in mind, Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhotra offers a radically different answer to this question.?Malhotra tells an inspiring story about three unique and adventurous mice—Max, Big, and Zed—who refuse to accept their reality as given. As we watch their lives unfold and intersect, we discover that instead of just blindly chasing after the cheese, each of us has the ability to escape the maze or even reconfigure it to our liking.

In the face of established practices, traditional ideas, scarce resources, and the powerful demands or expectations of others, we often underestimate our ability to control our own destiny and overcome the constraints we face—or think we face. I Moved Your Cheese reminds us that we can create the new circumstances and realities we want, but first we must discard the often deeply ingrained notion that we are nothing more than mice in someone else’s maze. As Zed explains, “You see, Max, the problem is not that the mouse is in the maze, but that the maze is in the mouse.”

“Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you question the way things are. This is the book. Deepak Malhotra allows you to glimpse a world of your own making without the limits and barriers that others create. An excellent read.”
—Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me

“A magnificent story with a powerful message. As someone who has encouraged scores of professionals into breaking through the maze and defining their own pursuits, I find this to be a gem of a book. A must-read.”
—Vinod Khosla, cofounder and former CEO and Chairman, Sun Microsystems, and founder, Khosla Ventures

“Deepak Malhotra tackles our assumptions about business and life with humor, zest, and wisdom in this delightful fable. If you’ve ever rankled at the thought of being just another mouse in the maze, this is the book for you.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Deepak Malhotra’s lucid fable, I Moved Your Cheese, is a brilliant counterpoint to Spencer Johnson’s earlier work. The messages of empowerment and taking control of your destiny ring loud and clear for the new generation of authentic leaders. You won’t be able to put it down.”?
—Bill George, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School; former CEO, Medtronic; and author of True North, Authentic Leadership, and True North Groups

“A book that will inspire the imagination of mice and managers. A formula for breaking out of the maze and creating new realities in life and in business.”
—Barry Nalebuff, Milton Steinbach Professor, Yale School of Management; cofounder, Honest Tea; and coauthor of Thinking Strategically, The Art of Strategy, and Why Not?

“An excellent book with sound lessons on how to change our circumstance and create new realities in our personal and professional lives.”?
—Deepak Chopra, Adjunct Professor, Kellogg School of Management, and coauthor of War of the Worldviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609940652
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Bk Business Series
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 431,680
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Good Book
2. Max
3. Zed
4. Why
5. Even the “Impossible”
6. Up
7. Big
8. Out
9. Who Moved My Cheese?
10. I Moved Your Cheese
11. Walls
12. The Maze in the Mouse
13. A Mouse Like No Other
14. Some Mice Are Big

Reflection Questions for Individuals
Discussion Questions for Groups and Book Clubs
Discussion Questions for Your Organization (or Team)
A Note to Educators
A Note to Managers and Executives
Questions to the Author
About the Author

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I Moved Your Cheese 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
ZoeyTheCat More than 1 year ago
Intelligently written, Expensive, Trash Theraphy! You can watch Deepak Malhotra for free and get most of the same sound bites on YouTube, in case you missed them. I checked this book out for free at my local library. It's just chock full of ways to miraculously change your life by refusing to be a rat in a maze. Now, why didn't I think of that!? This is for anyone who never read a highly promoted "best selling" motivational book in their hands before. There's absolutely nothing new, nothing that I haven't read or heard or seen on TV before. Please.....get it from your Library before dropping your hard-earned cash on this book. Each of us has a set of problems that are unique to us. The way we are capable of handling our problems are unique to us. This book is full or irony. If we ALL buy it, and ALL try to fit into the touted methods of fixing our unique problems.......aren't we going back into the Deepak Malhotra Maze? Just think about it. (if you still have doubts, go to your free Library for a copy)
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Holy shiz. Cheese first result. Second private book i've randomly found. O.o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol im telling sl
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it. this book can help you learn how to overcome obstacles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he hugs back* what good would that do? Me ad stormeh would get a new book. =__=
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down i needed to know whos cheese he moved
Possomholler More than 1 year ago
This was a o.k. read. Not what i expected.
oarivers More than 1 year ago
If you are needing a bust in life due to certain roadblocks, disappointments, uncertainties, etc., this is just the book for you. It is short, concise and to the point. I love the analogy of mice in a maze. Sometimes that's how my life feels and I just needed reminding that I could take the lid off my circumstances and go beyond my limitations. - O
ML100 More than 1 year ago
But maybe it was just me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you didn't read its predecessor, you won't understand this one. It's short (story portion is about 65 pgs. or so) and does give another option for looking at your personal situation for which you purchased the book. It is direct and to the point. Took about an hour to read. I would consider this a continuation of sorts of Who Moved My Cheese and am happy I purchased it. I will recommend and share it with others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this read.
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A wonderful short story which leaves you with a lot to think about. I really enjoyed it and look forward to answering the questions at the end of the chapter.
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maxamillion39 More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. It's a quick read with the perfect combination of humor and thought-provoking"ness".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she hugs chu.*
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Have a great message worth reading