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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box Paperback – January 5, 2010
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I do not wish to give anything away, but I will say this: "getting out of the box" is not what most people think of when you hear the cliche...there is a higher meaning contained within the pages, so please do not let the title throw you as it did me. This book sat on my shelf for 7 months before I picked it up to read and I read it in one sitting.
The book is not just for business folks wishing to succeed and/or progress up a ladder. The pages inspired me to think about all humans I come into contact with even if I do not know them. I took a walk with my dog after finishing. I tested what I had learned with strangers and a wonderful thing happened. Compassion.
Yes, this read will help me progress at work and I will be taking a chance by giving the book to my boss today.
I highly recommend "Leadership and Self-Deception" for all humans who face challenges with other humans, for this short and easy read can create Peace whenever humans come together...something we all do every day unless you are a hermit.
This book was recommended to me by a fellow who was seriously self-deceptive. He and I have since recommended it to many others.
Unlike many unlikable books that dwell too much on story more than bullet points, I found myself engrossed in this story. Living it out with the author over several days, maybe weeks of reading, helped bring it to life.
This is a pretty gentle way to bring up and work through a very hard subject. Read it for yourself first. Change yourself before trying to change somebody else.