Leadership and self deception review

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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute

The disease of self-deception (acting in ways contrary to what one knows is right) underlies all leadership problems in todays organizations, according to the premise of this work. However well intentioned they may be, leaders who deceive themselves always end up undermining their own performance.This straightforward book explains how leaders can discover their own self-deceptions and learn how to escape destructive patterns. The authors demonstrate that breaking out of these patterns leads to improved teamwork, commitment, trust, communication, motivation, and leadership.
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Book Review: Leadership and Self-Deception

San Francisco, Reviewed by Loi Eberle , M. It's conversational style allowed for rather quick reading, even in the wee hours of the morning, so I started the first chapter.
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Danny Rehr

Click here to see the entire series. Intrigued by the title for some time, this book came highly recommended by my colleague Pete Cracovaner of Pinnacle Resource Group. Written as a parable, this book explores how we all view and treat others as objects to help us accomplish our goals termed being " in the box " as opposed to viewing others as people, with their own hopes and dreams being " out of the box ". Being " in the box " limits our ability to reach our full potential and betrays the basic obligation that we each have to see others as they are, as people. We see people who challenge these images as threats and those who reinforce these images as allies.

I normally try to write book reviews as soon as I finish the book so that the content is still fresh in my mind. Leadership and Self-Deception is written in a fable style to teach a simple but powerful model. As I read the book, I realized how quickly I blame others and justify my own actions, and how damaging this can be to relationships and to solving the real problem. I came away convicted of a need to change, just as promised. Even though Leadership and Self-Deception is thought-provoking and helpful, it does have a couple of weaknesses. At times, the model seemed too simplistic.

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Book Review: Leadership and Self-Deception

If only these others would get out of the way life would be a smooth ride. The concepts presented are useful not only for business leaders. - Hundreds of management books have been written in the past decade prescribing ways to increase organizational and individual performance.

The main character, Tom, arguably learns more about the elements of psychology than he does leadership; although, his arc shows us how to see ourselves and relate to others differently. Tom learns that his actions, thoughts and emotions bind together to form useful insights. We get to know Tom as a newly-hired executive. He himself has had the same problem of which Tom suffers. Seemingly all executives do, and yet the book has the answer. The other person has his own worldview that is inevitably different.

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