Egonomics provides a very lucid argument, the research and the business case in support of why it pays the individual and organisation to enable each individual to have the skills to Harness their Ego.
The author's argue, that by identifying the four early warning signs (negative traits of the ego): 1) Being Comparative,2)Being Defensive, 3)Showcasing Briliance, and 4)Seeking Acceptance, then corrective action can be taken so the individual can go back to a balance centre (via humility).
Cultivating Humility, Curiosity and Veracity will enable individuals and organisations alike to pursue the road towards innovation that truly reflects a purpose beyond the contraining "usual-suspect" connotations of Ego and Humility.
This is not new though...
Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching covered these principles centuries before business schools were invented, let alone research & business cases.
Books such as...Change Your Thoughts Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao
- fab interpretation by Wayne Dyer, as well as The Teachings of Billionaire Yen Tzu: Infinite Patience; Immediate Results v. 1
has taught these principles at least a millenia ago. But I guess that we must prove certain principles, even though they resonate deeply within us, in order to believe them.