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

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Sep 6, 2011 - Business & Economics - 120 pages
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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.”

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Interesting read as a follow up to Who moved my Cheese ... some good management concepts ... otherwise more fun

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A beautiful premise for the abstract thinker
A light read on face value, this parable highlights the importance of perspective in our lives (as mice), in a way which should be accessible to most
readers. That said, there will be those that get this book and those that don't. A moment to empathise with the author may help put this book into context - I'll leave that to you. 


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Deepak Malhotra is a professor in the Negotiations, Organizations and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. He teaches negotiation in the MBA program, as well as in a wide variety of executive programs, including the Owner/President Management Program, Changing the Game, and Families in Business. Malhotra has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2011. He is the coauthor (with Max Bazerman) of Negotiation Genius: How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Brilliant Results at the Bargaining Table and Beyond, which won the 2008 Outstanding Book Award by the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution.

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