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  • I Moved Your Cheese

  • For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze
  • By: Deepak Malhotra
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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I Moved Your Cheese

By: Deepak Malhotra
Narrated by: Robert Fass
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Summary

For all its good intentions, Who Moved My Cheese? basically reduces us to mice in a maze sniffing after cheese. Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhorta uses a fable involving a different set of mice in a maze—mice who question everything—to help readers see how they underestimate their ability change the rules, overcome the constraints they face, and control their own destiny. I Moved Your Cheese encourages readers to audit their assumptions about what limitations they really face and which are self-imposed or unthinkingly accepted. We can create the circumstances and realities we want—we can go beyond simply changing our behavior (find that new cheese!) to changing the game itself. But to do so we need to understand the ways we’re holding ourselves back. As one of the characters in the book says, “the problem is not that the mouse is in the maze, but that the maze is in the mouse.”

©2011 Deepak Malhotra (P)2011 AudioGO

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An interesting angle on the original story

I found this an interesting listen. Like Who Moved My Cheese, it gets you thinking outside the box (or maze in this case). At points it feels a little forced, but hey, it's a quick listen.

The second half of the book is questions to think about. Feels a little unnecessary, but might help some people

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Briliant!

It is just briliant book, short and exciting. I remember how i 20 years ago red "who mowed my chees" to my sone as a bedtime story. So i grab this book as soon as i so it 😂👍.

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Story well read but the story itself, not for me

Who moved my cheese is my all time favourite book. It was a given, when I saw this title I had to listen to it. Personally I felt the book wanted the mice not to be mice, but little people. It robbed the mice what they were amazing at. Great shame as I am often mindful of the qualities of mice in the "good book".

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Didnt need to link to Who Moved My Cheese.

Enjoyed the book for was it is... it was motivational, what else can you say!!

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A Must Read

Deepak has written an excellent story that, when provided an open minded ear, offers a simple yet thought provoking story that offers a means to contemplate your life and your choices from the perspective of those characters within his charming tale of mice and their desire for cheese.

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  • Joe Crescenzi
  • 16-08-13

Cute, but somehow he doesn't quite get the point

Would you try another book from Deepak Malhotra and/or Robert Fass?

I'm open minded. It would depend on the book.

Any additional comments?

This is not a bad book, but the reason for the low score is because I feel that the author was trying too hard to degrade the classic book that inspired it, "Who Moved My Cheese?".

In "Who Moved my Cheese?", a group of mice in a maze become upset when the cheese they loved so much was no longer where they expected it. Some waited and waited for the cheese to come back... others quickly moved on to look for more... and another waited at first, but soon realized he should move on too.

The simple message in this fable is that life changes, the cheese will move, and you have to accept it and do something about it.

This book takes another approach... Why are you in the maze in the first place? Why not break through the maze... or climb out of it? It essentially extends the core message from a 2D universe to a 3D universe that extends above or outside the maze.

While these are good points, the book tries too hard to put down the original book for not spelling this out, meanwhile the point of the first book was not HOW the mice will find what they need, but WHY they should take action.

In the original, the bottom line was that they had to do something so they looked elsewhere in the maze. Because it's a simple fable, the message is very clear and they stay within the 2D maze.

Just because there exists an ability to break through the maze or look outside the maze doesn't change the core message of the original... if you can't find what you are looking for, be prepared to do something about it.

There is no reason to repeatedly point out that there were other things the mice in the original could do. The main message was to just do something and not sit there waiting for the cheese to come back.

If I took the same approach as this book does, I could write yet another fable where my mice do something new like ride around in roller skates or make their own cheese, but it would not improve on the original premise. Do something.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-01-21

good concept

good concept but nothing ground breaking. the book was so so. the info presented is common sense.

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  • Dan Merrell
  • 14-01-15

Thought-provoking, but…

After reading who moved my cheese it was natural for me to want to read this book as a follow up. I read them both on the same day. I found the first book to be whimsical and the second to be cerebral. I like the philosophical bent of the story, but was not drawn in by the characters or their experiences in the maze like I was in the first book. Listening time was so short I couldn't resist and if you have the time neither should you.

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  • diana
  • 10-12-22

Not worth it

It’s like they read who moved my cheese and just misunderstood what the book was about so they wrote a rebuttal book. Not worth the read/listen

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  • Hello
  • 10-12-22

Great leadership analysis

I would have loved to know the end questions at the beginning so I could reflect back and deeply look at their traits as the story was being told. I would listen to that first and then listen tot he story if I were to listen to it again.

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  • Mar
  • 29-11-22

Short & Sweet

This is a catchy little story that will open your mind to possibilities you didn’t imagine. Keeps you on your toes and gives you a new perspective!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-22

A goodie and quick to read

This book’s analogy is an entertaining one and the discussion questions posed by the author at the end, the cherry on top. This is a great read for book club, schools and even for parents to read with their children.

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  • Self taught
  • 26-07-22

Short and sweet

I listened to it during a beach walk great food for thought, great for anyone who manages others dad or the boss

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  • Mark Holencik
  • 21-06-22

A waste of paper.

A waste of paper. If you never read a book before, it may be helpful.

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  • Evangelynne
  • 27-03-22

Flexibility and adaptability

Short straight to the point book. After everything we as a Spicies have gone through since the Covid-19’s pandemic … this book just proves there are more than one or two ways to execute a matter.

P.a. Only one thing is constant Yeshua HaMashiack is the way to Abba…