Do you believe your deepest aspirations are hidden from you? Did you know that disconfirming experiences can create slight shifts that unlock the door to your unrealized potential? Do you know how to become more effective at influencing others?
Business Success Through Self-Knowledge takes you on a short journey that explains why many of us have a sense of unrealized potential that eludes us. It offers examples and illustrations of how we create tacit but enduring mental models early in life that limit our view of ourselves and our power to influence others. Clear and practical steps are included in how to transform ourselves, our organizations, and those we seek to influence.
Written for business leaders, business consultants, and coaches, Business Success Through Self-Knowledge espouses principles that, when applied correctly, can benefit everyone. This book sheds light on the real foundation of personal mastery, addressing the most critical of questions: What do I need to know about myself to actually put my greater potential to use? And how do I get there? They may just be the most important questions you will ever consider.
I suspect I'm not the target market for this book, though I thought I was. The problem is, I am curious about this sort of topic, and have done some introspecting and learned a bit of psychology. The person who might benefit from this book (a sort of straw-person?) is a hard-driving executive who never stops to smell the roses, or develop self-awareness and self-insight at anything beyond the most primitive levels. I wonder how that person would ever slow down long enough to listen to this. However, I suspect that top people are already in general experts in their way at motivating and rewarding modern knowledge-based teams. An hour into this book, I was waiting for some insight beyond the idea that if you do not consider these issues, you can remain unconsciously in primitive conflicts based on family of origin and childhood experiences, and your formative experiences can block you from being the best (and happiest) sort of achiever. That seems to be repeated in various forms interminably here. The people I know who are still thoroughly clueless on this sort of thing, 50 years after the 1960s, are more in my parents' generation, now retired for the most part, who grew up in a constrained and sexist workplace and home life. But maybe a younger person without the deep adult experiences yet might benefit, especially if there the listener has little or no psychology background.
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Would you listen to Business Success Through Self-Knowledge again? Why?
Yes - I would listen to this book again - and again and again. It is packed with insights that can be applied to effect change in your own environment and those around you. I had the exact opposite experience with this book from the other reviewer. I'd encourage anyone to listen to this book. This book is not a story, and it takes concentration to assimilate the concepts in it, but I can tell you that it literally changed my life. The concept that we are born with infinite possibilities and narrow ourselves through our experiences hit me like a ton of bricks. I put the book down, assessed what i always wanted to do, and then made it happen. This book was transformational for me, and I don't think I am unique. If you're looking for a casual read and not serious about taking a look at the world you have constructed for yourself, don't buy it. If you really want to move forward, don't delay! I would also recommend Anton's second book, Ascend. It is a story and amazingly easy to read and leads the reader through change by identifying with characters. It's short and one you won't put down once you start.