(70) Leadership & Self Deception: getting out of the box

Title: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box by The Arbinger Institute
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publisher
216 pages
Genre: Business, Self-help

Synopsis: Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the precise psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in a “box” of endless self-justification. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out.

Review: This is a great book that can help you take a step back and really look at what is going on both at work and at home.  By using or being aware of the concepts in this book and being able to step out of the box we can help improve our relationships at home and at work.  It will also help make our work environment more productive and if the entire organization were to learn these lessons it could make the company work more effectively and more productively.

The book is written in the form of a story which makes it very easy to read and to understand.  Of course "getting out of the box" isn't as easy as it seems. While the concepts are easy, the practice of getting out of the box is difficult. It takes a lot of self awareness and practice.  I believe that it is an ongoing process and it is very easy to fall back into the box.