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egonomics: What Makes Ego Our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability) Paperback – September 9, 2008
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-- Dr. Amy C. Edmondson, Harvard Business School
"I loved this book. Reveals in depth and originality how to deploy this basic force for self-development and the common good."
-- Dr. Warren Bennis, distinguished professor of business, University of Southern California
"A wonderful book...addresses the greatest challenge faced by successful people."
-- Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Should be required reading in every MBA program."
-- Christine M. Pearson, Ph.D., Thunderbird School of Global Management
"Engaging and well-written."
-- Dave Ulrich, Ph.D., professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
"This book is quite an accomplishment."
-- Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor of medicine emeritus, University of Massachusetts Medical School; author of Coming to Our Senses
"Refreshing...a compelling case for the practical importance of humility in the business realm."
-- Alan Deutschman, senior writer, Fast Company; author of Change or Die
"Pay attention when Stephen Covey calls a book 'brilliant and vitally important'... [Egonomics] reinforces the overwhelming presence of ego in business these days." -- Diane Brady, BusinessWeek Magazine
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I think everyone will find very individual answers in this work; it became clear to me the further I read that the "answers" in this book have as much to do with self-reflection and a precise self-awareness as they do for the methodologies of communication and teamwork that they purport. In terms of that awareness, for me at least, it's difficult to let go of what's worked in the past to try something new, and the authors are clearly asking us to consider a different way to work. Not unimaginable, but certainly a different "level." The three principles they focus their work on--humility, curiosity, and veracity--seemed a very solid balance to the "power of ego." The four early warning signs of mismanaged ego outline why ego gets the best of us at times.
I expected a more pure psychological read, and instead found myself comparing their writing along the lines of investigative business journalists rather than psychologists. If you're interested in the purely academic/Freudian side of ego, this isn't for you. I don't think the authors intended it for that (very much focused on the workplace). If you're looking for more of a "Blink" or "Wisdom of Crowds" POV, then this book is terrific.
The first chapter presents compelling evidence from business people's estimate on how the ego negatively impacts annual revenue. It also demonstrates how the ego gives leaders confidence to demonstrate their greatest strengths, however, these same strengths can become counterfeit weakenesses. When an organization invests in our greatest strengths, it also inherits the potential of the counterfeit weaknesses as well.
What really got my attention is the statement toward the end of the first chapter which points out how "when the pervasive power of ego shakes, everything on our task list--the way we collaborate, think, decide, execute--shakes with it." How true this is. The book then goes on to objectively explore three core principles and how to ensure the ego is an asset.
I really appreciated how the three core principles of egonomics and the "deep dive" into each one provided the reader clearer understanding of how to minimize the shaking of our own egos or to recogize when someone else's ego is shaking. This books is a good read for anyone who desires to have a continual positive impact on the organization and it's business results.
Egonomics is an awareness of truth in Leadership.
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This book truly helped me to recognize the scenarios where my personal ego, my colleagues ego and our personal attachment to ideas are simply getting in the way of progress. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lisa Kile
This is really an amazing book. Many of the concepts that they talk about in this book can be used both in our personal life as well as our professional life. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Jefferson
These types of poorly structured, poorly delivered books targeting a sort of management up with people approach to pop psychology is like drinking a diet soda. Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Tankery
If you ever picture yourself in a leadership role of any kind and want to be exceptional, READ THIS BOOK. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by John Renesch - "The Great Growing Up"
thank you David and Steven for taking the most big and important organ of the human body ( hint: its not the brain) and analyze it so brilliantly for us. Read morePublished on April 25, 2012 by kfir ben
Read a second time, and thought how timeless the concepts are. While phsychology and business are inseparable, this is the first work that I've read that clearly links the two... Read morePublished on March 16, 2011 by Malty
I never write reviews on Amazon, but I've never been so disgusted with the quality of writing in a book as I was with "Egonomics". Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Will B.
As with most of my Amazon purchases, product arrived on time in the condition promised.Published on March 4, 2009 by Ronald Christian Some