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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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    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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    MichBritt USA 10-18-06
    MichBritt USA 10-18-06 Member Since 2010

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    "Where was this book 20 years ago?"

    I could have used this lesson 20 years ago. This would have made a huge difference in my career, marriage, and family. I am just thankful to have come across this book now. I consider this a must "listen to" for everyone who has to interact with anyone. I have, over and over again.

    3 of 4 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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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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    Mindy Chung 12-21-16
    Mindy Chung 12-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Forever I will read you"

    I picked this book up over 6 years ago not knowing what a treasure I had in my possession. This is a must read and then after you start applying it.. a continued must read that will feed your soul if you'll let it.

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    SFGB18B 12-14-16
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    "Good Book"

    The narration was really good. Pretty good book.
    Interesting topic. Will see how it works implemented into the world world

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    DHou Okemos, MI, US 11-06-16
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    "Great insights based on Christian principles"

    The author didn't acknowledge this,. but uses it to teach a lesson on the golden rule.

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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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