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Leadership and Self-Deception by Arbinger Institute
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Jan 02, 12

I like to refer to this book as "the worst book I ever finished reading". Meaning that I kept reading it all the way to the end (including the 20 or so pages of Arbinger Institute sales pitch), which was long past the point where I wanted to put it down and not pick it back up again. What really got me was the condescending tone of the narrator. Others have described the same thing as "simplifying concepts to almost childlike speaking" but in reality, the narrator is so condescending to the reader that they constantly deliver a message about being "in the box" in a way that makes you feel like "if you don't understand this yet, you aren't enlightened...and if you do, your probably just living in the box and not enlightened enough to know it yet". Also, if you're the type of executive who needs to read a business fable about a man whose family life is suspended in favor of his egomaniacal career, you're probably a less inspired leader than your followers realize you are. That being said, if this book gave you as the reader any kind of AHA moment, then I won't judge the value it gave to you. We all need a wake-up call every now and again. This book didn't inspire mine. Or perhaps I'm not enlightened enough yet.
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