Ego Free Leadership

Ending the Unconscious Habits That Hijack Your Business
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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"I've got a solution," Encore's CFO tells Brandon, "but it's unorthodox". It's 2005, and Brandon Black has just been promoted to CEO of Encore Capital, a company struggling to navigate an increasingly difficult business environment. Faced with a rapidly declining stock price and low workplace morale, Brandon knows he needs change - and fast. Following his CFO's advice, he and his executive team start working with Learning as Leadership (LaL) and its president, Shayne Hughes. Through their partnership, Encore's executive team learns to root out the unproductive ego habits that undermine collaboration and performance.

As they instill these more effective behaviors throughout the organization, Encore begins to solve problems collectively, prioritize resources without infighting, and focus on the initiatives with the greatest strategic value. When the financial crisis of 2008-09 forces 90 percent of its competitors out of business, Encore thrives, with its profits increasing by 300 percent and its stock price by 1,200 percent. Told from two lively first-person perspectives, Ego Free Leadership brings listeners along for Encore's incredible success story. They'll see a CEO overcome his unconscious resistance to modeling the change he wants in his team and discover a time-tested road map for eliminating the destructive effects of the ego in teams and organizations.

©2017 Brandon Black and Shayne Hughes (P)2017 Learning as Leadership

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The people who need to read this are the ones who won’t

Ego Free Leadership - what a concept! I enjoyed this book and it’s in my top 5 favorite leadership books. I especially liked the concept of “pinches”, where a comment hits an emotion and you overreact. As a businessperson, I’ve encountered plenty of situations when my ego is hurt and I should react more appropriately. Also, it’s hilarious how all companies are essentially the same - ops doesn’t trust finance, commercial doesn’t trust ops, and no one trusts IT. This book was a good reminder that we all face similar headaches. Overall, an excellent book. I wish I could find ways to suggest it to some senior leaders I know without them brushing it off as though they don’t have egos.

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A Very Good Read. Thankfully, Read by Authors.

An impressive up and down story of a CEO, told by himself and his executive coach. Sometimes slow, but I always found it interesting.

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I felt the story with the reader.

I loved this! It taught me the reason people act the way they do including myself. I see things with new eyes!

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so inspired and so inspiring.

my husband asked me to listen to this book as I am an entrepreneur in our family. and this book was truly mind changing (metaphorically and literally).

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A must read

It doesn’t matter if you are a boss or not, you’ll find value in identifying the works of your own ego system and others.

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Definitely a re read!

This info is very valuable and for me, was timely! Already bought a hard copy to share!

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Terrific-Convicting Insights

Just finished this book. No steps, principles or formula for leadership. BUT it shares ways to stop the erosion of effective leadership—the leader’s ego. It communicated enlightening insights. A very good book!

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really good!

i really lobe the story, examples and explanations of everything. this is a book that will help me be more mindful of myself and make my team succeed!

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I highly recommend

This is, in my opinion, a must read book. I absolutely loved it. Great job by the authors!

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Do not let your ego tame you

How our ego unconsciously negatively affects our perception and actions. How to find when our ego got hurt and step back to understand why to react consciously instead of in defense. How to get more personal connection and understanding through sharing own vulnerabilities. Well illustrated on thoughts, feelings and decisions made by CEO of financial corporation and comments from his coach.