For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze

Deepak Malhotra

Deepak Malhotra is an American economist and 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. Mr. Malhotra has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the Faculty Award by Harvard Business School’s MBA Class of 2011. He has written various books like Negotiating the Impossible, I Moved Your Cheese, 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 national Institute.


There are some books that give you a fresh perspective toward life and this book I Moved Your Cheese is an example of that. It is a counter to Spencer Johnsons’ work “Who Moved My Cheese”. For a corporate it tells that ‘Change is inevitable’ but people don’t want to change and are comfortable in the things that they are pursuing. The book presents a picture as how when one mouse I trying to ask the questions the others are making fun of it and discouraging the answers. It sets the example that there are no boundaries, as from the book when the main character (Max) tries to look out of the box (maze), he relentlessly pursues and through his hard work and determination gets a chance to see what lies beyond the maze.

The lesson that us humans can take from this is it is easy to get comfortable in one’s own niche but that won’t lead to a fulfilling life as it is important to look beyond what one can think of, to explore and find out more. A little curiosity does not hurt.

The message of empowerment taking control of one’s life is important and to pursue one’s gal and ask questions to the things that really don’t make any sense.

Who is this book for? 

Those who want a quick read and want to have different perspectives to the problem can give it a shot. It is really short and written in a fun and humorous way. It is good for people across professions and whether you are a student or a CEO, this will surely open your horizon of thinking.


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