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"I've got a solution," Encore's CFO tells Brandon, "but it's unorthodox". It's 2005, and Brandon Black has just been promoted to CEO of Encore Capital, a company struggling to navigate an increasingly difficult business environment. Faced with a rapidly declining stock price and low workplace morale, Brandon knows he needs change - and fast. Following his CFO's advice, he and his executive team start working with Learning as Leadership (LaL) and its president, Shayne Hughes. Through their partnership, Encore's executive team learns to root out the unproductive ego habits that undermine collaboration and performance.

As they instill these more effective behaviors throughout the organization, Encore begins to solve problems collectively, prioritize resources without infighting, and focus on the initiatives with the greatest strategic value. When the financial crisis of 2008-09 forces 90 percent of its competitors out of business, Encore thrives, with its profits increasing by 300 percent and its stock price by 1,200 percent. Told from two lively first-person perspectives, Ego Free Leadership brings listeners along for Encore's incredible success story. They'll see a CEO overcome his unconscious resistance to modeling the change he wants in his team and discover a time-tested road map for eliminating the destructive effects of the ego in teams and organizations.

©2017 Brandon Black and Shayne Hughes (P)2017 Learning as Leadership

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  • 12-04-22

Relatable, honest, practical

I loved this book. I struggled a little at the start, but once I focused there were so many relatable stories and messages. What I loved most is the unapologetic humanity that Brandon shows - he admits that it's an ongoing battle, and that he still requires a moment to pull back from his inner voice/ ego to get to a constructive path.

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one of the best books on leadership

loved this book. loved the story and it makes it easy to connect and understand how our unconscious bias sabotage our personal and organisational success. a must ready for every leader who wants to build strong company culture devoid of biases.

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Thought provoking and helpful.

I read this for self development as a senior leader in a government department. Clearly operating in a different environment, but so many of the challenges described resonate with my daily experience. This book gives great advice which I can immediately implement, and things to reflect on moving forward. I want all my colleagues to read this book too.

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invaluable resource

an extremely useful book that helps understand why we feel a 'pinch' and how to control them to better pull together as a team. with many similar challenges in my current role the examples given are helping me change my leadership style and work with other slt members to overcome these challenges. I'm confident these will help us go from good to great . thank you

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  • 12-12-21

Great read

Great read, informative and inspirational. I have recommended it to people and I’m sure I’ll listen to it again at some point

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  • 08-10-20

The people who need to read this are the ones who won’t

Ego Free Leadership - what a concept! I enjoyed this book and it’s in my top 5 favorite leadership books.

I especially liked the concept of “pinches”, where a comment hits an emotion and you overreact. As a businessperson, I’ve encountered plenty of situations when my ego is hurt and I should react more appropriately.

Also, it’s hilarious how all companies are essentially the same - ops doesn’t trust finance, commercial doesn’t trust ops, and no one trusts IT. This book was a good reminder that we all face similar headaches.

Overall, an excellent book. I wish I could find ways to suggest it to some senior leaders I know without them brushing it off as though they don’t have egos.

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  • 09-04-21

Sexism and Racism apologists

I sat if this for a long time and the sexism and racist undertones toward Indian “team members” is very apologist. There is a point where a female team member was told “the ceo doesn’t think a woman can do the job” and we are told later that we should t be too quick to writing it off as discrimination then spends the next 20 min saying it was her fault. They tip toe around it and half address it, but definitely address it more directly then they did the apparent racist views of their US team versus the Indian team. It just spoiled the whole thing for me. Also no real actionable ways to do anything. In the whole book, it’s just a giant lecture except for the one time he says “here are three ways you can....”....I wanted more of that.

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  • 16-06-18

I felt the story with the reader.

I loved this! It taught me the reason people act the way they do including myself. I see things with new eyes!

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  • 17-01-20

A Very Good Read. Thankfully, Read by Authors.

An impressive up and down story of a CEO, told by himself and his executive coach. Sometimes slow, but I always found it interesting.

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  • Kami Hanks
  • 28-04-22

Good story about evolution of changes

The book was organized nicely and the information was presented in a learning method. It does take you though hOw tHinks cHange and are affected in many ways

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  • 23-04-22

Great!

Very intersting and also useful book! Would recomend it for every leader! As we all gave ego, it’s perfect for all

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  • KO
  • 01-04-22

Very powerful message

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to change a toxic work culture. The message is conveyed clearly through real life experiences followed by insights. I plan to revisit this title again!

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  • Derek Byington
  • 30-03-22

Deep and Thought Provoking

Very well written. Will open your eyes and mind to how changes in you can positively affect change around you.

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  • Corrie
  • 26-02-22

Leaving your ego at home.

I stumbled upon this book by pure luck, and I’m so happy I did. The authors do a great job walking through a company that can be seen in a negative light, and how deeply and personally it can damage someone’s ego. LAL should be credited for saving this company.

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  • 15-02-22

too much fake victimhood in chapter 8

book was amazing until chapter 8 when the victimhood took over 1 star 🌟 overall