Leadership and Self Deception

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Leadership and Self-deception
Getting Out of The Box

Leadership and self-deception is a book written by the Arbinger Institute that explains to us how we as people can get stuck in a place or problem known as being “Inside the Box”. We can be stuck “Inside the Box” whether it is in our personal lives toward family members and friends or whether it is at work toward our Boss and other co-workers. Through a cleverly concocted story the author explains how we are either “Inside the Box” or “Outside the Box” and how to stay out of the box once we enter it.
The story starts out telling us of a man named Ted who is impressed with a company called Zagrum and he would love to work for them and after multiple interviews and weeks of waiting he finally hears back and finds out that he gets the job. One of Teds first major meetings is with his soon to be boss Bud who asks him to meet him for a meeting that is seemingly so secret that nobody talks to him about it or gives any hints to what it is even about. Everyone seems to know what is going on except Ted. With much anticipation and waiting Ted is led to Buds office and waits nervously for his arrival. When Bud finally gets there he then informs Ted that “He has a problem” and while Ted wonders what that is Bud will soon enthusiastically explain the meaning of his problem and go into more specifics and detail that I’m sure Ted would care for or even expect.
As Bud and Ted talk Bud is asking all sorts of seemingly strange and at times rather difficult questions which Ted doesn’t think are leading anywhere. Through the questioning Ted is caught off guard many times and much that Bud is asking and is at a lost for words and doesn’t know how to respond throws him off. Ted is forced to look back at his old work life such as employees, bosses and he is even able to reflect on his family life with his wife and kid. After…...

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