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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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    David F Wilkinson 06-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the books that really works in audio!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book has great application both personally and in the world of business.


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

    The most memorable story in this book was when he's lying in bed with his wife and the baby cries and his first instinct is to go get the baby. His second thought is "why should I have to get the baby, why doesn't she do it."


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    Stephanne Butte, MT, United States 05-27-12
    Stephanne Butte, MT, United States 05-27-12
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    "Great Book!"
    Would you listen to Leadership and Self-Deception again? Why?

    Yes! I love the message that it delivers


    What other book might you compare Leadership and Self-Deception to and why?

    There isn't one.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    Yes. I thought he did a great job narrating!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I would have if I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a great book for anybody trying to find a balance in there life.

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    David 05-21-12
    David 05-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book for all aspects of life."
    What did you love best about Leadership and Self-Deception?

    It was an easy listen. I really enjoyed the performance as well as the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very applicable to life at work, at home or any situation.


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

    He created characters with voices that might not be there if I read it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was something that is kind of a page turner.I could listen all at one sitting if I had the time to do so. Most of the time I don't.


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    David Sugar hill, Ga, United States 04-23-12
    David Sugar hill, Ga, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I must be missing something"
    Would you try another book from The Arbinger Institute and/or William Dufris?

    Yes.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't feel like the ending really put a bow on the topic. I didn't really feel equipped to use any of the stuff talked about in the book. It was too abstract for me to apply in a practical way.


    What three words best describe William Dufris’s performance?

    Good, versatile, engaging


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    My wife read this book and thought it was awesome. I however, just didn't really get it. It seemed to leave you hanging at the end and I didn't find much that I could apply. The in-the-box and out-of-the-box dialog almost seemed silly to me at times.

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    John Breitinger 01-23-12
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    "This book will change your life"
    What made the experience of listening to Leadership and Self-Deception the most enjoyable?

    Even if you do not change, this book will allow you to see your life and especially your relationships differently. It is a game changer


    What other book might you compare Leadership and Self-Deception to and why?

    Patrick Lencioni's books, which also use parables to reveal simple truths.


    What does William Dufris bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The luxury of being read to while running and / or driving. I listened to the book, then read it.


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

    The clear and simple explanation of the destructive power of self-deception.


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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-29-11
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A Fresh Take on Leadership"

    Although I was reluctant to pick up yet another book on leadership, this one came highly recommended by my manager and was well worth the listen. Told as a story instead of a step-by-step how-to, the message comes through and really makes you think about how you can genuinely lead by example in your organization.

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    07-24-10
    07-24-10 Listener Since 2006
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    "Leadership and Self-Deception"

    Very good book. Anyone who owns their own business and anyone who values personal relationships should read this book.

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    Ranger C-NM 02-03-09
    Ranger C-NM 02-03-09

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    "Enlightening"

    This is so simple, yet so profound. This book really spoke to me and helped me see my leadership flaws, especially in relating to people. I saw applications for my relationship with my wife and my children. It really was enlightening and I appreciate a co-worker recommenting it to me. The book was told in story form and the reader did an excellent job voicing the different characters.

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    Luis Fernandez Cervantes 08-16-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent Flow"

    In a very entertaining way, this audiobook exposes relevant values in how to make our lives more fulfilling. I recommend it.

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    Dan D. 05-22-08
    Dan D. 05-22-08 Member Since 2008
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    "New ideas"

    I loved the concepts in this book, and immediately took them to work to teach others about how people need to be treated with a little respect in the workplace.

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