- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (3 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141030062
- ISBN-13: 978-0141030067
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box Paperback – 3 May 2007
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"Profound...engaging...packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more
-- Stephen R. Covey, Author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
About the Author
THE ARBINGER INSTITUTE is a management training and consulting firm and scholarly consortium that includes people trained in business, law, economics, philosophy, the family, education and psychology. Together, the members of Arbinger work to apply the sweeping implications of self-deception and its solution to all aspects of organisational, community and family life.
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, back to the text. If you can get over this then the book does provide a useful description of how intent precedes action, and doing things for the right reason is often the crucial difference in personal change. I also liked the implicit message of individual responsibility; too much of my own work place conflicts remain unresolved through self-justifications that are premised on the other person having the problem. Such issues are the primary thread throughout and it's hard to take issue with a book that promotes seeing colleagues as people rather than objects. I think David Bohm's book (On Dialogue) provides a better description but this book covers the main points.
In summary then, the writing style won't appeal to everyone but if your looking for a management book to pass the time this could be for you.
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 ›
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!
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