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Review of Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute

Leadership and Self-Deception by The Arbinger Institute is quite simply a game changer.  This book is so much more than a book about leadership – read it and you will not be able to put it down. Everything makes so much sense, and has the potential to massively improve both your working and private life.

Primarily the book looks at one of the most disruptive and negative influences in any relationship, and that is how you view others, and in turn how they view you. The book examines the psychology behind people’s actions and introduces a concept of being ‘in the box’. Understanding what being in the box is, and how to get out of it will make you a much better person, and will open up your perceptions to the world and the people around you.

If you’ve ever wondered why people act the way they do towards you, and at the same time, why you act in certain ways toward people knowing about ‘the box’ is a must.

The book follows a fictitious company called Zagrum, whose unique leadership has directly resulted in them becoming an industry leader. The book goes on to chronicle the process of teaching a new recruit, a manager called Tom, and the emotional journey and profound impact of what Zagrum teaches has on him.
The senior management of the company at a point adopted the unique management approach where the business had a very high chance of failure, to turn their fortunes around.

This book takes you through such a powerful concept; it is bound to improve productivity for businesses. It is an idea which should be used as the foundation upon which other concepts of efficiency can build to lead to yet greater levels of synergy, productivity and profitability.

Given the title, one would have expected the book to be examining a whole number of different ways in which we might improve productivity with our teams, but the surprising thing is that the whole book only covers one concept, ‘the box’, which is so much more powerful. The concept is so powerful that it will probably be one of the most powerful things you can do to improve your career prospects, your abilities, and the abilities of those around you. Seriously it is that good.

If you have troubles with clashes in personality, or a lack of teamwork within your business you need to read this book – the book take organizational performance and boils it down to a complex and yet simple aspect of everyone’s personality. Knowing about “the box” and how we get into it will immediately change you for the better, and change your relationships with those with whom you deal, for the better.

If you are having trouble communicating with your spouse or your children, you will also want to read this book. The concept is that powerful it has the ability to help you to understand what “being unreasonable” really means, and how you can overcome that problem before it becomes one.

Find out who you are, and how you can get out of the box and be a better you. It will probably be the best investment you make this year, possibly ever. This book is the sort of book that you would probably read year after year to remind yourself how to get back out of the box.

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