Browsing Archive: May, 2012

Dialogue with the Author - Leadership and Self-Deception

Posted by Sarah McCann on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, In : Power 
After I posted about Leadership and Self-Deception I was contacted by a representative of The Arbinger Institute, the author of the book. We had the following dialogue via e-mail. If you have any thoughts about the book, the ability of addressing people as people or power dynamics, please comment and add to the dialogue!

Mike Rener of the Arbinger Institute wrote the following:

As you are right that we have a power within us, I would just flip it and in that we have the power to act on a choic...

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Open mic

Posted by Sarah McCann on Thursday, May 17, 2012, In : Power 
This poem could potentially be the first poem I perform at an open mic, if I ever build enough courage and find the right venue:

Trying to engage power
In a conversation
It doesn't want to hear
Because abusive power
Is ugly
And looking at the reflection
Of ugly use of power

But it hurts less
Then continuing on
An unreflective path
A disconnected life

It hurts less 
Than becoming an island

Ugly abusive use of power
Pushes everyone away
When you stand alone
What choice will you make?

In a world o...
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Leadership and Self-Deception

Posted by Sarah McCann on Saturday, May 12, 2012, In : Power 
I recently read a book titled Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger InstituteThe preface of the book began with a metaphor about a baby crawling backwards under a piece of furniture and getting stuck. Everything the baby tries to do only manages to get it even more stuck. With its mounting frustration were the baby able to articulate its problem, it would say the furniture is the problem, not the fact that it is its own lack of vision that is preventing the baby from seeing how to a...
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