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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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  • Kristen
  • 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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  • DrSieRan
  • 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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  • Rhonda Gregor
  • 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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  • Maria Rose Puliafico
  • 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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  • KAG
  • 28-03-21

Hit home for me!

I found this book to contain profound insights into actions, attitudes, and causes of toxic work environments. Not only describing cause and effects but more importantly cures to problems to heal toxicity over time. Thank you for a book well written.

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  • Rudolph
  • 09-03-21

Great narration.

The lessons were concuse and meaningful, and the narration was pleasant to listen to. Banana.

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  • Shawn Sloan
  • 22-02-21

Amazing

This book may just be the most beneficial book I have ever read. I almost didn't buy due to some of the reviews. This book's overall message should be a staple in everyone's life journey.

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  • Jacqueline Nichols
  • 14-02-21

Highly recommend for entrepreneurs that work with executives

I just happened to select this book as I began my audiobook journey. It’s has now shifted so many perspectives in my life and business. I continually share it with many people. I highly recommend it to entrepreneurs that work with corporate clients and are highly sensitive themselves. So much with resonate with you and your leadership. Freeing up my ego has helped me to see more clearly in obstacles I had been struggling with. Now I am even more confident in how I approach things that I realize were from a strong place of ego.

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  • Jessica Miller
  • 07-02-21

Love This Book

As a middle manager in the corporate finance world.

This book has so many take aways and not just for professional reasons.

This book was recommended by my Brothers-in-law who is also climbing the Corporate leadership ladder as well.. but in construction.

Highly recommend this book!

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  • Omar Kandeel
  • 26-01-21

Insightful, touching and very important

This is a must read for anyone who is serious about leadership and self-awareness. Highly recommended!