I have just finished reading the Arbinger Institute’s fable on “getting out of the box”. Using a similar style to Patrick Lencioni, the writers of this story draw our attention to how a self-centered focus can create a destructive set of mindsets and behaviours within our lives. The flip-side being that when we are focused on others, and have strong empathy, we can create a positive pattern of interactions that can truly transform relationships and work environments.
The principles covered in the book are not new, Jesus Christ taught on the power of investing in others rather than pursuing a self-focused life. However the metaphor of being “in the box” and the applications of this metaphor are both simple and powerful to comprehend. The writers effectively link the lessons to the workplace and personal lives of the primary characters, illustrating how human relationships are underpinned by choices we can control. So if organisations are simply groups of interacting people, then applications of these principles can transform work place environments.
The book is an easy read but packed with powerful “light bulb” content. It speaks to the very heart of leadership that is focused on the success and development of others; a model that is so powerful in mobilising groups of people yet rarely understood or used.
My rating: 7/10 – Recommended for anybody involved in relationships. This book is not just for “leaders” but for people who want to have more positive interactions with others in their lives.