Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box Paperback – 1 Mar 2002
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"It is engaging and fresh, easy to read, and packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more highly." -- Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
About the Author
The Arbinger Institute is a scholarly consortium and management training and consulting firm comprised of scholars, business leaders, and professionals who write about the implications of self-deception for organizational, community, and family life.
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I've read hundreds of management , leadership and personal development books ... This one adopts the number one position - Overnight!
Whether you are struglling to influence your team or organisation to willingly embrace change; or find yourself as a parent with a "difficult" child, then this is for you.
They suggest that we suffer from 3 problems!
1 We create our own problems 2 We are blind to these problems 3 We resist wanting to fix these problems..
The book is a story (therefore any easy read!) of a new guy 6 months into his new company, attending his first review with the boss. He believes that he has done really well since he joined and is anticipating bouquets...
However, his boss (the enlightened one!) has a different view. What unfolds is a home truths session that could be you or I... dealing with the essence of why we create the problems we do with people.
Not until the final pages does the author reveal the solution.
Having read Covey, Senge, Peters etc. I found this a refreshing view of our eternal challenge with people.
Buy it and give your friends a copy!
Unlike most instructional management books this is set out as a part story in the 3rd person. It works for me and has really made me think about how i see people and then interact with them. It is a short easy to read book book with a single message. Whilst all managers would benefit, I would recommend this book to anyone in the workplace.
In my work, I am forever emphasising of the importance of both self awareness and seeing the situation from the other person's shoes. What this book does is address the psychology about why these things are so important if we are to succeed in life and be at peace with ourselves. It explains how we end up with all kinds of incorrect judgements and attitudes that eat us up and limit our effectiveness if we don't pay attention to these essential basics.
It's a light, story telling read set in America, I can I understand that this style doesn't suit everyone but at least it is accessible to all. One reviewer said it could have been a five page paper - the trainer/author in me wants to write that paper as a quick reference point. One day, I probably will!
Author of Face to Face in the Workplace
The best way to illustrate the premise behind the book, without revealing the secrets is by retelling the story of the 19th scientist, Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. As an obstetrician in the maternity ward at Vienna General Hospital he observed a high 1 in 10 mortality rate, while next door where the midwives delivered babies the mortality rate was only 1 in 50. Semmelweis researched and tested and experimented, only to discover to his horror that the doctors, who were also experimenting on cadavers, were carrying small 'particles' back to the maternity ward that sickened the women. He discovered "germs" -- and he discovered that the high mortality rate was not caused by something "out there" but by himself.
Leadership and Self-Deception sets out to answer the problem: "How can people simultaneously (1) create their own problems, (2) be unable to see that they are creating their own problems, and yet (3) resist any attempts to help them stop creating those problems?"
As I coach, I help people to recognize their role in their problems and their options to do something about it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a life changing book, it made me cry on reflection of how I was viewing peoplPublished 4 months ago by Raymond
Pretty poorly written but has some thought-provoking ideas about your attitudes with respect to others (in the workplace and elsewhere).Published 5 months ago by Nuffrespec
This is an excellent, thought provoking and truly inspiring book!
I was familiar with the concept of in/out of the box and liked the idea so was keen to read this book. Read more
One of the best and most challenging books on leadership I have ever read. The author teaches us by enclosing each lesson in an ongoing story and I had the uncomfortable feeling... Read morePublished 9 months ago by W. Milton
Through a series of stories a core concept is revealed and discussed. An essential and easy read for anyone wanting to understand and manage their feelings, behaviours and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Sena
Absolutely brilliant book, eye opening and has definitely alerted me to issues I need to resolve within myself :)Published 14 months ago by Fatema
One of my favourite leadership books! Definitely a must read for not only leaders/managers, but also parents, homemakers (basically everyone)!Published 16 months ago by U & R - Life is a beautiful journey
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