When faced with personal ineffectiveness or lagging organizational performance, most of us instinctively look for quick-fix behavioral band-aids, not recognizing the underlying mindset at the heart of our most persistent challenges. Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration, and accelerates innovation—a shift to an outward mindset. LEARN MORE Leadership and Self-Deception Leadership and Self-Deception uses an entertaining story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges at work and at home to expose the fascinating ways that we blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve happiness and increase results. Most importantly, the book shows us the way out. Through a moving story of parents who are struggling with their own children and with problems that have come to consume their lives, we learn from once-bitter enemies the way to transform personal, professional, and global conflicts, even when war is upon us.
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Getting out of it is easy. And Why? An organization is only as good as its leader. So, read it specifically if you are a manager with an objective to transform your organization for the better.
About the Arbinger Institute Founded by Dr. Terry Warner in , the Arbinger Institute is a global consulting company consisting of many internationally revered multidisciplinary scholars. It concerns a fictional company with a pretty neat name, the Zagrum Company, and a guy with a rather big problem he knows nothing about, Tom Callum.
The subject? And self-betrayal is nothing more — or less — than an act contrary to what you actually want to do.
Now, how is that possible, you may ask? Think of a baby crawling around the living room and somehow ending up under a piece of furniture say, a table with a narrow entrance. So, the baby starts moving back and forth, banging its head and crying at the top of its lungs — but, no matter what it does, the table is still there.
So, the baby getting stuck under a table or, as the authors of this book like to say, getting stuck in a box was due to an act of self-betrayal. Now, comes the real problem. What are you going to tell your boss? You see, once we betray ourselves, we are much more interested in finding a justification for our actions, then the objective truth. In other words, mistakes were made, of course — but not by me.
That is, an unhealthy world of collusion, in which everybody is trying to self-justify his actions to and this is the scary part stay in his box.
However, as should be obvious by now, this can be only temporarily true, the way a booze-fueled night is only temporarily a release; the headache and the hangover settle in the morning after and, suddenly, alcohol is a problem.
The best part? Because now you see the problem from the outside! And people — for what they should be: not vehicles or obstacles, but persons with needs and dreams like yourself. What Is the Box? Getting Stuck and Living in the Box 3. Instead of seeing things as they are, you start seeing a distorted reality of which you are the center, and all the other people are merely obstacles or vehicles.
The problem? In time, living in your box may become so natural to you, that you may start carrying it with you everywhere and start seeing everything through it. Like this summary?
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