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Leadership & Self-Deception by Arbinger

September 23rd, 2006 · 3 Comments

I’ve been on a leadership book kick lately, and this is one of my all-time favorites. It’s short, easy to read, and is one of the best explanations of cognitive dissonance for the layman I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t work for everybody though – some people are turned off by the “fable” format and simple writing style. I still find it very helpful, and it’s the kind of book that can have a dramatic impact on some of its readers. It certainly does a good job of making the point that by focusing on our own behavior we can make any situation better.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Venugopal // Apr 3, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Hello David

    4th time try — I don’t seem to read the anti-spam code very well… !!

    Was searching for something Arbinger and found you…

    Arbinger has setup a community website for implementors of the principles… Come and join the friendly community of people..

    I have benefitted immensely from advice I received from the discussions there.. hope I have been of help here..


  • 2 Venugopal // Apr 3, 2008 at 5:50 am

    By the way, i see from your linkedin profile, that you have studied at BYU !! Coincidence — did you know that the founders of Arbinger also studied at BYU ?

    Infact the inital work on self-deception leading to the setup of the company was done by Prof. Terry Warner at BYU !


  • 3 David Christiansen // Apr 3, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Yes, I knew they studied there, but I studied Mechanical Engineering, so I never met any of those guys.

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