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Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box

Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
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Since its original publication nine years ago, Leadership and Self-Deception has become an international word-of-mouth phenomenon. Rather than tapering off, it has sold more copies each year since 2004 than it did in any of the first four years after publication. The book's central insight - that the key to leadership lays not in what we do, but in who we are - has proved to have powerful resonances not only for organizational leadership, but in fans' personal lives as well. 

This new edition has been revised throughout to make the story more readable and compelling. And drawing on the extensive correspondence the authors have received over the years they have added a section that outlines the many ways that listeners have been using Leadership and Self-Deception, focusing on five specific areas: hiring, team-building, conflict resolution, accountability, and personal growth and development. 

Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story about an executive facing challenges at work and at home to expose the subtle psychological processes that conceal our true motivations and intentions from us and trap us in a "box" of endless self-justification - even when we're convinced we're doing the right thing. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out. Listeners will discover what millions already have - how to consistently tap into and act on their innate sense of what's right, dramatically improving all of their relationships.

©2010 Arbinger Institute (P)2018 Arbinger Institute

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terrible editing good content

chapters repeat and the final chapter has a chunk missing. plus a random change of narrator for 2 chapters in the middle, which are then repeated by the old narrator again.

interesting topic though, the book does well at setting it out.

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  • Josh
  • 20-04-19

Great book, what the helk happened to the sound tech?

This book was recommended by a good friend, not to me but I’m always listening for her suggestions as she’s pretty amazing all around, and I am very happy I looked for it.

Only question and feedback is, who lost the sound tech when splicing the audio? 3-4 voices, 4 sections repeated (where the extra voices come in). I imagine there may have been an idea to repeat for emphasis but... came across sadly clunky.

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  • April
  • 23-02-19

Really good but duplicated some chapters

loved it but it duplicated some chapters over and over so I didn't like that or maybe those had something I needed to really hear

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  • louise
  • 12-01-20

problems with narration

the writing and message of this book were pretty good but the narration was distracting. the narrator changed midway through the book. Chapters were repeated, sometimes the 2 different narrators read the same passage back to back. the ending seemed like it was missing a portion as the narrative jumped and then ended abruptly.

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  • Nathan Tiras
  • 09-12-19

some really weird jump cuts and editing

lots of good content but some genuinely confusing jumps and editing. narrator changed for one chapter, ending was abrupt and disjointed.

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  • Ted
  • 04-12-19

Audible needs to re-edit the audio

This book’s topic is very helpful for not only business but life in general. Unfortunately, Audible has allowed the value of the narrative permit a really poor job of editing the narration. Whole sections sometimes repeat several minutes of content. There are relics from this book’s time as CD media, which breaks the listener’s attention with nonsensical prompts to change discs. This book’s ideas warrant a second listen, but its shoddy production makes me dread doing so.

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  • Shawn
  • 20-02-20

Great learning

The concepts described in this book are excellent. I will begin using this mindset starting today. It really gets at the heart of the people you share your life with be it co-workers neighbors friends or family. Fantastic reading for everyone. I work for Boeing. And in our time of crisis, this book is essential learning.

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  • Monica
  • 24-01-20

Narrator changes midway through

Fantastic content. Insightful. Engaging. Smart.

Only problem is there was a problem with the upload onto Audible. The narrator literally changes midway through the recording. I did not like the second narrator. Returned this and downloaded the new version of the book.

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  • Michael T. Slaughter
  • 23-01-20

Great content, meh reading.

The recording jumped back and repeated chapters about 3 times. it also changed narrators in the middle of the book.

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  • Mikel
  • 17-01-20

Good book terrible audio book.

Decent book but the audio was terrible! it skipped, repeated sections, and for one chapter had a different narrator.

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  • Peter Singer
  • 14-01-20

Narrating distracting

Overall, a great story to illustrate some solid points around humility. I found the narrating to be challenging, it repeated at times, sometimes with different narrators, but overall ok.