the anatomy of peace

July 11, 2006

A few months ago, I posted a favorable review of Leadership and Self-Deception, by the Arbinger Institute. Someone from the Arbinger Institute read my entry, and they were gracious enough to send me a pre-release copy of The Anatomy of Peace. This book is a prequel to Leadership and Self-Deception, and is another great read.

Though it is a prequel to the story of Leadership and Self-Deception, The Anatomy of Peace can also be considered a sequel in that it furthers develops many of the ideas found in the first book. It takes them out of the context of just a leadership setting, and shows how being “out of the box” is important for all of our relationships.

Again, I appreciated the narrative form that the ideas were presented in, although this one has more characters, so it took a little more work to follow along. Though the narrative form is an easy read, the reader shouldn’t be too quick to fly through this book as they would a work of fiction. The concepts presented are worthy of a lot of reflection, and they should be granted that.

The book is due to be released later this month, but it looks like Amazon is already shipping it. I’d recommend both of these books for individuals who are serious about growing relationally, as well as for teams that are working intimately alongside each other.

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