Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Book Review - Arbinger Institute

The Arbinger Institute; Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box.

An institute is credited as the author of this book. I find it troublesome in a way. It is too impersonal for such a personal topic. I accept that “self-betrayal leads to self-deception and “the box””. I believe that “when you are in the box you can not focus on the results. Your influence and success will depend on getting out of the box. You get out of the box as you cease resisting other people.” The story line moves easily between the business world and one’s personal, home life to present these ideas. I would like to thank the author for expressing this in such a compelling fashion. I could almost hug the person whether male or female. But a building? Don’t let this trouble you. It is well worth reading. Enjoy!


  1. Anonymous7:35 PM

    The Arbinger Institute was founded by C. Terry Warner, Philosophy Professor Emeritus @ BYU. Faculty at BYU are required to maintain themselves in conduct that qualifies them for temple privileges, as well as requiring them to obtain yearly endorsements from their "ecclesiatical leaders".

    Having read this book, I think it is very biased in its view of humanity, and reminded me of the "we are all sinners" view that evangelical christianity espouses. It COULD be beneficial--but it is TOO LIMITING in its simplistic formula for solutions.

  2. Thanks for this info. It helps to explain somethings that had been previously unknown.

  3. Anonymous3:31 PM

    Oh no...They are "required to maintain themselves in conduct that qualifies them for temple privileges". What can this conduct be?...integrity? honesty in dealing with others? Fidelity in marriage? Acountability for support of children?. And why is this a problem?

  4. "On three occasions Warner has taken a one-year leave of absence from BYU or had his time purchased to work full-time on Arbinger projects. Otherwise he has averaged only a day or two a year on Arbinger concerns. His partners, whom he calls "princely men of great ability," have developed and run the institute. He didn't even read the institute's best-selling book, Leadership and Self-Deception, until it was published, though it is based on his work. "I have more confidence in their work than in my own," he says."

    That kind of explains how the book's authorship works out.

  5. Stephen, thanks for the additional info

  6. Hi -- I just discovered Warner and Arbinger and I have to say I am quite impressed. I am not sure why THIS book would have the institute credited as the author, whereas Warner *does* have sole authorship of his other books. Perhaps it has to do with the process that was used to write it. Since this book is about personal issues that affect organizational dynamics, it's possible they mirrored a "team approach" in writing it. In my work for example, we often say that 'ABC Contracting Company', or 'XYZ Consulting Firm', did something, when obviously the "agents" of the actions are individuals. It's not so strange -- we speak of groups in this way often, especially in business.