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Leadership and Self-Deception Audiobook

Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box

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Publisher's Summary

Most personal and organizational problems are the result of a little-known problem called "self-deception". We deceive ourselves into thinking we're doing the right thing for the right reason, but people won't follow a leader whose motives are selfish. The tricky thing is, we don't know that our motivation is flawed. Through an entertaining and highly instructive story, this audio shows what self-deception is, how people get trapped in it, how it undermines relationships and organizational achievement, and, most importantly, the surprising way to solve it.

The Arbinger Institute is a consulting firm and scholarly consortium that includes people trained in business, law, economics, philosophy, the family, education, and psychology. Arbinger has worked with leaders from such major organizations as Microsoft, 3M, Cornell University, and the U.S. Navy.

©2000, 2002 The Arbinger Institute, Inc.; (P)2004 The Audio Partners

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Business Information/Educational

"Profound...engaging...packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more highly." (Stephen R. Covey)

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    Larry Ammon, ID, United States 03-27-12
    Larry Ammon, ID, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2014
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Leadership and Self-Deception to be better than the print version?

    I have both the paper and audio. The audio is superior to print. The print seems to put people to sleep but the audio is much better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be a better you!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this twice and will listen to it again. I actually read one bad review of this before I bought it. I am glad I didn't listen to that one bad report. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 03-19-12
    Ron Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 03-19-12
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    "GREAT book about how to interact with others."
    Would you listen to Leadership and Self-Deception again? Why?

    The material in this book is very thoughtful and enlightening. It needs a re-read and refresher as you try to apply these principles. The effort is worth it, it will have positive and lasting effects on your success.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Houston, TX United States 05-11-05
    Amazon Customer Houston, TX United States 05-11-05 Listener Since 2001
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    "Useful concept but poorly presented"

    As one of the other reviewers pointed out, little in this book is novel. However, I do think this book has made a difference for me. As a manager I find it challenging to remain truly open to all the people I work with, and the central metaphor of the book has proven a useful way for me to monitor how I'm interacting with people.

    That said, I would recommend the print version rather than this audio version. This is a book that deserves to be SCANNED, not read, certainly not listened to. I was offended by the story telling format in which the "lessons" are delivered by wise elder executives to a young manager. The the characters are absurdly shallow. An adult listener will have trouble identifying with the young manager, who is very immature. The pace is excruciatingly slow, made worse by chit-chat among the characters and the repeated reading, from the top, of the lists that the characters write on a board.

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    Chris 06-15-05
    Chris 06-15-05
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    "you ARE the spoon"

    Right up there with "The Art of Profitability".
    I was amazed and changed forever.
    If you do not understand this book, play it again.
    If you still don't get it, don't be suprised
    when your hard work is all for nothing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Moncrieff 09-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent material"

    The audible was weird cause the guy would change his voice. The middle was slow but it was a home run at the finish.

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    Steven Krouse Boca Raton, FL, US 07-09-16
    Steven Krouse Boca Raton, FL, US 07-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing!"

    Just read it. Really, do it. I mean it. So helpful in work and life.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Inspires self reflection"

    As I read this piece, I cringe. I cringe because I thought I was doing part to help those that needed it, and I was, but I have distanced myself and justified my negative actions. O was in the box most of the time.
    A very reflecting read.

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    Susan Shultis New Freedom, PA 01-16-16
    Susan Shultis New Freedom, PA 01-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Eye opener"
    Where does Leadership and Self-Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Love the narrator. May be a favorite too


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Leadership and Self-Deception?

    The correlation to family business to corporate settings.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really felt like part of a meeting


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The recaps of what was learned at the end


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    Amazon Customer 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazong"

    I've read this book about 5 times now. And every time I realize something different about myself and how I can be a better father husband and business owner.

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    Ryan Ward Idaho, USA 06-24-15
    Ryan Ward Idaho, USA 06-24-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Thought provoking"

    Here's a book I'll refer to over and over as you can learn from it each time as you gain more experience.

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