Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box

Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (376 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Since its original publication nine years ago, Leadership and Self-Deception has become an international word-of-mouth phenomenon. Rather than tapering off, it has sold more copies each year since 2004 than it did in any of the first four years after publication. The book's central insight - that the key to leadership lays not in what we do, but in who we are - has proved to have powerful resonances not only for organizational leadership, but in fans' personal lives as well. 

This new edition has been revised throughout to make the story more readable and compelling. And drawing on the extensive correspondence the authors have received over the years they have added a section that outlines the many ways that listeners have been using Leadership and Self-Deception, focusing on five specific areas: hiring, team-building, conflict resolution, accountability, and personal growth and development. 

Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the subtle psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in a "box" of endless self-justification - even when we're convinced we're doing the right thing. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out. Listeners will discover what millions already have - how to consistently tap into and act on their innate sense of what's right, dramatically improving all of their relationships.

©2010 Arbinger Institute (P)2018 Arbinger Institute

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Great book, what the helk happened to the sound tech?

This book was recommended by a good friend, not to me but I’m always listening for her suggestions as she’s pretty amazing all around, and I am very happy I looked for it.

Only question and feedback is, who lost the sound tech when splicing the audio? 3-4 voices, 4 sections repeated (where the extra voices come in). I imagine there may have been an idea to repeat for emphasis but... came across sadly clunky.

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Really good but duplicated some chapters

loved it but it duplicated some chapters over and over so I didn't like that or maybe those had something I needed to really hear

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problems with narration

the writing and message of this book were pretty good but the narration was distracting. the narrator changed midway through the book. Chapters were repeated, sometimes the 2 different narrators read the same passage back to back. the ending seemed like it was missing a portion as the narrative jumped and then ended abruptly.

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some really weird jump cuts and editing

lots of good content but some genuinely confusing jumps and editing. narrator changed for one chapter, ending was abrupt and disjointed.

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Audible needs to re-edit the audio

This book’s topic is very helpful for not only business but life in general. Unfortunately, Audible has allowed the value of the narrative permit a really poor job of editing the narration. Whole sections sometimes repeat several minutes of content. There are relics from this book’s time as CD media, which breaks the listener’s attention with nonsensical prompts to change discs. This book’s ideas warrant a second listen, but its shoddy production makes me dread doing so.

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Challenges untold

This book was referred to me by an instructor of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People class I attended. There was some turmoil and communication issues with my boss and I, and I could not figure out how to reach a level where we could effectively communicate. It brought tension to the work place which made it hard to work. This book helped me to realize the differences between us two and allowed me to accept our differences. Amazing book, and one I seem to quote often.

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good but needs editing

I've read this in paper form, much better than the audio. there are repeating sections.

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great story and business application

this is a good follow up to the anatomy of peace. good application for business.

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Why the changing narration?!?

Just as you settle into the story the narrator changes not once but twice! What is going on?

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Transformational for interpersonal interaction!

The principles covered apply in business, home, and community. The personal ownership aspect is vital, giving one a clear directive to decide to change independent of any9ne else's actions.

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  • 03-06-19

terrible editing good content

chapters repeat and the final chapter has a chunk missing. plus a random change of narrator for 2 chapters in the middle, which are then repeated by the old narrator again.

interesting topic though, the book does well at setting it out.

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  • 09-24-19

don't buy. incomplete

this recording is incomplete and skips a number of chapters and repeats other chapters.

narrator changes a number of times. complete mess

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  • Paul Peters
  • 03-21-19

Was Good Until..

This book Was good until you get to a chapter that completely repeats itself and another from another book of the same name.
Yep should just bought the blue and white cover one in the first place.