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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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    Mike Maricopa, AZ, USA 02-15-05
    Mike Maricopa, AZ, USA 02-15-05
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    "GREAT READ!"

    This is one of the best books on Corporate Culture and Leadership I have ever read. I listened to it 4 times, taking notes on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th times. Great Listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    brett kronenberger 02-06-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Book"

    I enjoyed this book. It was not my favorite format but the ideas were helpful.
    Brett

    5 of 7 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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    Daniel Cordoba 11-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "sounds familiar"

    sounded familiar as I listened. i think it is found in the holy bible as fruit in the spirit

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    Carl Edwards 06-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Top two books I've ever read"

    Every human being alive should live by the principals in this book. This book is guaranteed to make you a better person

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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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