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egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability)

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The Questions"Arrogant, self-centered, stubborn, " and "insecure" -- words that most people associate with ego. But in this original, eye-opening work, authors David Marcum and Steven Smith argue that the upside of ego is as powerful as the downside and answer questions about ego that have been a mystery to most people.

In his landmark book, "Good to Great, " Jim Collins sh
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Fireside (first published January 1st 2007)
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Типична американска книга „пуканка“ (излишно раздута :D), от която си заслужават само няколко странички. Или иначе казано: сиропчето е приятно на вкус, но поразредено :D

А ето и онова, което е наистина стойностно и с размера на брошура:

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Julie Anne
Feb 26, 2012 Julie Anne rated it it was ok
Although the concepts in this book were indeed thought provoking, I felt the authors' ego bleeding through the pages. In their writing, they exhibit the inflated, "words to impress" vocabulary that they warn against using when trying to reign in your ego. I found their anecdotal stories interesting but I was skeptical of the validity of some of their research and supporting evidence. It seems the authors have a friend for everything and they tailored their examples to fit their claims, rather ...more
Aug 31, 2016 Simon rated it it was amazing
My 5 stars is not (being defensive) just because I'm acknowledged (showcasing) for my contribution -- page 249, the line above Jack Welch (comparison) -- you guys know I'm not like that right? (seeking acceptance). I mean Peter Drucker & Jim Collins are obviously more well known (overly competitive) but they don't have to (making excuses) run major corporate behemoths like me (total bullshit) & Jack (delusions of grandeur), which is probably why their on the back of the page (belittling ...more
Beale Stainton
Aug 29, 2012 Beale Stainton rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, psychology
This is one of those books you need to be deeply involved with in order to get at the level of insight and advice these guys are giving. You should not speed read it, because the ideas need minutes, not seconds to digest and to even put the book down and reflect on is a necessity to really get at what they are talking about. All in all this is a book of reflection, something the corporate environment can suffer from a lack of most of the time. I've worked aside people who have been brilliant and ...more
Keith Kendall
May 30, 2011 Keith Kendall rated it really liked it
There is much about this book that is through provoking, so much so that I dozen people could write a dozen different reviews about it. Rather than try to capture the essence of the book, here is a little bit from the last few pages of the last chapter.

"... Alan Deutschman wrote an article on change for Fast Company entitled "Change or Die." What if you were given that choice? For Real. What if it weren't rhetoric that confuses corporate performance with life or death, but actual life or death?
Nate Bagley
Feb 19, 2011 Nate Bagley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, this book provided more valuable personal insights for me as a person than any book I've read. Managing an ego (whether small, big, yours or that of someone else) is not an easy thing to do. The authors do an amazing job at breaking down why you need an ego, how to keep it balanced, and how to deal with others who have an ego that is to big or too small.

Since reading this book, my interactions with others has improved, my opinion of myself and how I let other people treat me has change
Iván Braga
May 18, 2014 Iván Braga rated it really liked it
Una excelente reflexión acerca del impacto del ego en las decisiones y el comportamiento de las personas, en especial en el contexto laboral. El libro aborda el complejo balance que las personas requieren para que el ego se transforme en un factor que refuerza positivamente el actuar y las capacidades, sin que por el contrario genere los efectos negativos que vemos tantas veces cuando no es bien manejado. Me pareció muy concreto e interesante, en un tema que se ha vuelto muy actual y relevante. ...more
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Egonomics, de David Marcum.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: liderazgo, características de un buen líder, trabajo en equipo.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Egonomics, Por qué el ego puede convertirse en nuestro mejor aliado en lugar de llevarnos a la equivocación permanente: Egonomics
Andreas Novio
May 26, 2012 Andreas Novio rated it really liked it
Most of the problems we have at work and at home have to do with "ego" getting in the way of problem solving. This book helps dissecting our ego problems and suggests methods to overcome them. The examples given are relevant and a few even inspirational. It tries to put forward some theoretical framework, pairing 4 personality types with 4 ego mechanisms, but it falls short of providing a solid framework. Nevertheless in terms of poking readers to engage in some soul-searching, it does it ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Janae rated it really liked it
Jon is always reading books for work and I sometimes will read them along with him. This was the case for Egonomics. The author actually lives in our neighborhood so I was a little curious too. This book helped me realize some of the strengths my ego brings to my relationships and also how when it's not in balanced I become very stubborn. Jon pointed that out to me while reading. This wasn't a "fun" book to read more interesting and self searching.
Jul 30, 2008 Alyce rated it really liked it
I guess this book is business strategy or leadership theory, but it goes further than that. It's also a great book to read to mull how people/organizations get myopic, closed minded, and dysfunctional. At a couple points it's a little touchy feely but that doesn't really detract from its important message, especially for these times.
Rui Santos
Jan 30, 2010 Rui Santos rated it liked it
I read this book in Portuguese (it was a gift) so my analysis can be misleading regarding the original version.

The content is in most cases only common sense and doesnt add much to the area of subject. The related experiments are interesting however very scattered and in most scenarios without the necessary follow up.
Interesting read but not something I would specially recommend.
Randyansyah Rachmanalan
Jun 27, 2014 Randyansyah Rachmanalan rated it really liked it
This book gives me lessons the warning signs if we have too much ego and how to manage it. I love how the book gives key points at the end of each chapter so I can re-read the book without spending a lot of time
Apr 14, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is a great book that is very needed today. It was written for use in the business world, but I found it very useful for everyday use and how to reign in that ego that can get out of hand sometimes.
Jul 25, 2012 Imung rated it really liked it
thought provoking and a self-reflection kind a book for me. I found out how much my ego has been either beneficial or destructive to my economy, reputation and relationship. Simple, clear and easy to digest the content.
Jun 10, 2009 Ronny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ego

Bill Donhiser
A very thought provoking book worth the time to read. tough part is learning and having the courage to apply it in daily life
May 17, 2012 Mert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. It has a very different view of ego. I learned lots of things about myself and my relationship with other people.
Angel Bouret Lebron
Excelente libro, brinda varias pautas para ser consciente sobre el nivel de ego que tiene una persona, y sobre la influencia negativa o positiva que tendria en el exito en los negocios.
May 03, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
I think this book is very important for nearly everyone because too many people seem to have inflated egos that harm themselves and those around them. A good read.
Aug 06, 2016 Erik rated it it was ok
I had to read this for a business class. It was good advice, but like most business books it could be shortened down about 75%.
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David Marcum and Steven Smith travel the world teaching people to utilize the corporate asset of ego and limit its liabilities. With decades of experience and degrees in management and psychology, they¹ve worked with organizations including Microsoft, Accenture, the U.S. Air Force, General Electric, Disney, and State Farm. Their work has been published in eighteen languages in more than forty ...more
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