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Wherever you look you see egos at work.  In business (most board-room battles are about ego), politics, the media, the church, the armed forces or the local voluntary group.  There will always be those who ask primarily ‘What’s in it for me?  How will I look?  How will this action affect my career, my status, my credibility?’ 

Most of the time we ignore or accommodate the ego-driven boss, the controlling colleague.  We learn how to ‘work’ them, to lessen the impact of their seemingly irrational and often irritating behaviour.  But what happens when someone else’s needs - for power, status and recognition - get out of hand and begin to damage relationships, hamper productivity and infect the workplace culture? How do we identify ego-driven behaviour and what can we do about it?  How do we know when we are working in an ego-infested culture and why should we be bothered?

Some of the most powerful leaders emerging globally are those who know what’s in it for them, but are not driven by a need for glory.  These are the men and women who have high levels of self-awareness and self-esteem, who will leave a legacy of success because they are big enough to nurture the strengths and acknowledge the needs of those around them.  They are confident enough to promote the concept that glory is for everyone and doesn’t have to die out when they move on.  These leaders are not ego-less, but they are ego-free.  And in an increasingly competitive marketplace it is crucial to know the difference.

Looking through the ego lens will give you valuable insight into yourself, your colleagues and your business.  It will help you understand what the ego is, how your own ego can get caught up in power games with those around you, what to do when other peoples’ egos get out of hand, and how to foster an ego-free culture.

Mine’s Bigger Than Yours is not intended to be a quick fix.  It does, I believe, offer a fascinating glimpse into what lies beneath the surface in many organisations.  It will help you formulate a strategy for action, whether at the individual, group or strategic level of your business.  I hope you enjoy it.  And I hope you use it.

Let me know.

Paperback 192 pages (February 28, 2006) SRP £9.99
Publisher: Cyan Books


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