Leadership and Self-Deception

A few months ago I read the book "Leadership and Self-Deception". Then I became a friend of the Arbinger Institute, went through some training with them in London and may be involved with them in the future. So I suppose the book inspired me – here’s why! Guest book review by Mario Gastaldi.

Leadership and Self-Deception

Below the surface of an easy read, some powerful concepts will strike you, opening new discoveries about how we constantly self-deceive ourselves.

We are always ready to transform the reality we see in ways we need to justify our own behaviors, actions and decisions.

All this leads us to a sometimes very stubborn (and ultimately fruitless) effort to change others and their behaviors.

This doesn’t work and you will see how “collusion”, instead, might lead you exactly where you do not want to go.

You will grow your awareness of this phenomenon that we all happen to experience in a lesser or greater extent.

And you will learn ways to get “out of the box” so that the solution of the negative patterns you will recognize will be easily within arm reach.

Mario Gastaldi can be reached at www.mariogastaldi.com

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Finally here is another good review of Leadership and Self-Deception by Ron Jeffries

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Stories are a very powerful part of The Arbinger Institute, authors of Leadership and Self-Deception and other publications. I am working on one of Arbinger's newest projects: creating an online Storybank; an online database of personal stories from people throughout the world. Our purpose is to facilitate the sharing of these stories even with those who have not yet heard of Arbinger. When we are able to read the stories of others, we are more readily able to identify stories in our own lives. These stories will illustrate how common self-deception, collusion and getting out of the box are and give us the opportunity to honestly look at ourselves.

I would like to invite you to craft a story from your life and submit it to Arbinger's database. These stories can be about any part of your life: home or work-related. If you would like to change names to protect privacy, please feel free to do so. Please email it to me at kwilstead@arbinger.com

Thank you for your participation.


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