This book is written in a narrative style. Normally, I find I don’t enjoy books of this type; however this book was worth the read. I’m even slightly disposed to the opinion that the narrative made the material easier and more enjoyable. To summarize the concepts: We’re all stuck in our own individual “boxes”. A “box” is akin to a “lens” through which we choose to see the world. Your box and lens, colors your view of your world and the people you interact with in it.
As I read this book, I was frequently reminded of lessons which came to us through people like Richard Bandler and John Grinder. Your map is not the territory, it’s a representation of it. However, as humans, once we’ve developed a model we look for (and subsequently find) things that agree with and reinforce that model. The purpose of Leadership and Self Deception: Getting Out of the Box is to call to the reader’s attention the impact these biases have on the person holding them.
At it’s heart, the book reminds us we really are the creator of our world and in the moments when we choose to ignore or deny our authentic self we begin to make a construct which justifies that behavior and that very construct traps us as we begin to reinforce its walls.
At 168 pages, many of which includes diagrams, I say this was worth the minimal time investment it required. It’s a quick read which came right on the heals of some pretty deep discussions with another friend of mine on this very topic. For me the book served as a healthy reminder of the words of statistician George E.P. Box, “All models are wrong, but some are useful.” How useful are my current models of the world? Are they helping me create strong, positive relationships? And, more importantly, are they helping me create a stronger and more positive self?
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