It is human nature to want to to blame others for our problems or to attribute them to circumstances “beyond our control”. But, in many cases, when we do this, we miss the opportunity to actually solve the problem. Why? Because in many cases the root cause of the problem is us!
In the workplace, leaders engage in this type of avoidance all the time. It’s called self deception and it is said to be the #1 cause of organizational ineffectiveness.
Based on the bestselling book by the same name, the thought-provoking video training program Leadership and Self Deception helps people examine the role they play in recurring problems. Trainees gain awareness into what they can do to break through this barrier and, in the process, increase productivity and improve workplace relationships. The program’s video features a dramatic reenactment of 19th century physician Ignaz Semmelweiss’ profound discovery surrounding the root cause of certain diseases. This video, along with comprehensive workshop materials, sets the stage for breakthrough group discussion and personal growth and discovery.
- Help your leaders become better problem solvers by teaching them that addressing self-deception lies in understanding two things: (1) The very people involved in resolving a given problem may contribute to it, and even help spread it, (2) The solution to a problem always begins with them.