Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life (Hardcover)
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Learn how to develop self-awareness and use it to become more fulfilled, confident, and successful.
Most people feel like they know themselves pretty well. But what if you could know yourself just a little bit better—and with this small improvement, get a big payoff…not just in your career, but in your life?
Research shows that self-awareness—knowing who we are and how others see us—is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could.
Fortunately, reveals organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich, self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill. Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, she shows us what it really takes to better understand ourselves on the inside—and how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how we come across.
Through stories of people who have made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques and strategies to help you do the same—and how to use this insight to be more fulfilled, confident, and successful in life and in work.
In Insight, you'll learn:
• The 7 types of self-knowledge that self-aware people possess.
• The 2 biggest invisible roadblocks to self-awareness.
• Why approaches like therapy and journaling don't always lead to true insight
• How to stop your confidence-killing habits and learn to love who you are.
• How to benefit from mindfulness without uttering a single mantra.
• Why other people don’t tell you the truth about yourself—and how to find out what they really think.
• How to deepen your insight into your passions, gifts, and the blind spots that could be holding you back.
• How to hear critical feedback without losing your mojo.
• Why the people with the most power can often be the least-self-aware, and how smart leaders avoid this trap.
• The 3 building blocks for self-aware teams.
• How to deal with delusional bosses, clients, and coworkers.
About the Author
Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Eurich has contributed to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and TED.com, and has been featured in outlets like Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Business Insider. She was named a Leader to Watch by the American Management Association, and in 2017, was selected as a "100 Coaches" honoree from more than 14,000 candidates by Marshall Goldsmith to advance the practice of leadership coaching. She lives in her hometown of Denver with her husband and rambunctious dogs.
A Business Insider Best Book of 2017
A Strategy + Business Best Business Book of 2017
“A sprawling exploration of the psychic frailty that leads to self-delusion and self-aggrandizement, and—importantly—a compassionate, helpful guide for avoiding that path (or reversing it).” - Fortune
“A bold, exhilarating take on self-improvement…brings fresh perspective to an old question. This book might help you perform better, make better decisions and become happier.”
"Dr. Tasha Eurich's new book is a sometimes uncomfortable, always powerful eye-opener to what it takes to be truly successful. Insightful, penetrating, humane, and holistic in her approach..... [her] advice-that we should challenge our own beliefs about who we are, and enlist others to do the same-she knows is hard. But it's the hard things that are worth doing, that will lead to sustainable success in individuals, organizations, even nations. Insight shows us how" - 800 CEO Read
“Think of the most cluelessly unselfaware person you know: your boss, annoying neighbor, brother-in-law. How can we avoid being that person? And teach our kids to avoid being that person as well? Eurich summarizes the fascinating science about self insight, but--perhaps more importantly--she studies admirable individuals who are self-aware in a way that is applauded by their peers. You'll benefit from knowing what they know. Buy a copy for yourself and buy another to leave, anonymously, on your boss's desk.” - Chip Heath, coauthor, New York Times bestsellers Switch and Decisive
"Self-knowledge is key to a happy life, but it can be hard to know ourselves. It’s easy to get distracted by the way we wish we were, or what we think we ought to be, or what others think we should be, until we lose sight of what’s actually true. In INSIGHT, Tasha Eurich shines a spotlight on people who have managed to gain insight into themselves, and she suggests groundbreaking strategies and tips for seeing ourselves clearly. This book is a powerful resource for anyone seeking to live a happier, more successful life." - Gretchen Rubin, NY Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project, and Better Than Before
"As an executive coach for almost four decades, I have seen firsthand how important it is for leaders to be self-aware. Tasha Eurich’s 'Insight' lives up to its title, offering effective tools for leaders to gain this critical perspective." - Marshall Goldsmith, executive coach, business educator and New York Times-bestselling author, ranked the number one leadership thinker in the world by Thinkers50
“If I had to name the secret ingredient to the success I’ve enjoyed in my career, I would say that it all boils down to a commitment to self-awareness. In this groundbreaking and thought-provoking book, Tasha Eurich shows how we can all seize that single greatest opportunity for continuous growth, improvement, and performance. It’s the book I wish I’d had when starting out in business and the book I’d recommend to anyone who wants to cultivate the kind of self-knowledge that is the bedrock of personal and professional success. Very insightful indeed!” - Alan Mulally, retired CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and The Ford Motor Company
"Required reading for every human being that will be expected to interact with other ones in their lifetime.” –Tiffany Dufu, author of Drop the Ball