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Leadership and Self Deception Summer Workshop

Alec Grimsley

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM (BST)

Leadership and Self Deception Summer Workshop

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Based on Arbinger's bestselling book - Leadership and Self Deception, this two day seminar takes a deeper look at applying its principles in the workplace, creating a leadership style and organisational culture that achieves results through people and relationship rather than at the expense of them.

Arbinger's Approach

Organisational problems are almost always people problems. Despite continuous efforts to find solutions, organizations seem to still exhibit symptoms fed by blame, lack of accountability, complacency and competing objectives.What if we could uncover the root cause to why this occurs and why people feel others cause problems and they do not? At Arbinger, we believe that despite the best efforts and intentions of leaders to create high performance teams and organizations, they fall short and are often unsuccessful because there is a deeper problem or disease that has not been addressed.

 Arbinger has discovered a solution that is at the heart of the human sciences and organizational dynamics: the problem is self-deception. Stated simply, self-deception is "the problem of not knowing one has a problem". This denial keeps individuals, teams, and organizations blind to the reality of how they are contributing to the problems and why enormous resources and efforts allocated towards symptoms are misdirected and do not result in sustainable solutions

Agenda - Day 1

Agenda Day 2

8:30 am Registration check-in begins

9:00 am Start

-       Understanding self deception and its implications

-       Seeing people as people or seeing as objects

-       Why and how we self deceive

12:45 pm Lunch Break

1:30 pm start

-       How we carry the box of self deception with us

-       How the box spreads

-       Getting out of the box of self deception

-       Review

5.30pm End of Day I

9:00 am Start

-               The foundational diagrams at work

-               Who are our objects?

-               Exploring box impact

12:00 pm Lunch Break

-               Out of the box leadership

-               Solving workplace collusions

-               The shift that changes everything

-               Changing how we measure performance   and success

-               Review and close


6:00 pm End of Day 2


*Note: There will be snack and breaks for 10 minutes about every 1.5 to 2 hours.

Seminar Methodology

  • Simple yet profound models and diagrams
  • Live stories and cases
  • Individual personal reflection
  • Application to one’s own challenges and opportunities
  • Discovery of personal stories
  • Small group sharing and discussion
  • Large group conversation
  • Paired and small group practice sessions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Are any meals provided?

A lunch buffet at noon, and snacks during the morning tea and afternoon breaks. Drinks are provided. Any dietary restrictions such as vegetarian, gluten free, etc can be indicated during the registration process.


Are Continuing Education Units Available?



Is there a dress code?

Smart casual – Some people find the seminar room temperature to be on the cool side, so you may want to bring a sweater to class.

What materials are included?

  • Workbook
  • A copy of Arbinger bestselling book “Leadership and Self Deception”


Testimonials for Arbinger's work


If there were a prize for the most sceptical senior management team in terms of what an Arbinger course could achieve I suspect our team might have won it. However, after two days of intense workshops with Alec, our team had found a new cohesiveness, openness and awareness of others that we all felt was immensely valuable. Very importantly our workshop gave us a common language with which to have open, productive discussions and a much greater understanding of our own and each other’s behaviour. Alec’s passion for his material and his energy in delivering the course was a fundamental part of the success of our two days – I would highly recommend both Alec and the Arbinger material to any management team trying to realise the best of their potential.


Fiona Page, CEO of Pensions First Analytics, UK



“Extraordinary… Five Stars.”


Business Ethics




" The master class on Leadership & Self Deception provided me with an opportunity to explore how much other people's behaviour towards me is governed by my predisposition towards them i.e. whether I was seeing them 'in the moment' as a person, or merely a object to either work around or put to my disposal. Working outside the box, like all deceptively simple models, is a hard and challenging creed to follow but what is equally clear is that the rewards of doing so can have such a profound and positive effect on an individual's well being and productivity. When considered at a team, departmental or even organisational level, then the opportunity to transform inter and intra-organisational relationships by breaking down age-old collusions could result in substantial cost savings and service improvement"


David Young, Head of Leadership Development, University Hospital, Southampton



"I've known the work of the Arbinger Institute for years. Arbinger's ideas are profound, with deep and sweeping implications for organizations. This book, Leadership and Self-Deception, provides the perfect introduction to this material. It is engaging and fresh, easy to read, and packed with insight. I couldn't recommend it more highly."

-Stephen Covey, Author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People




Virgin Media welcomes the opportunity of working with the Arbinger Institute and with Alec Grimsley’, our UK Arbinger practitioner. Successful businesses need great collaboration and relationships - both to perform internally and to foster better relationships with customers. The principle of treating people as people fits brilliantly with the Virgin way of doing business.


Elisa Nardi, Group HR Director, Virgin Media UK



"Arbinger's work is deep and significant in its diagnosis of the ills of our time - from the small scale of individual self-deception to the self-deception of whole cultures."


- Rom Harré, Professor of Psychology, Fellow Emeritus, Linacre College, Oxford University


“This is the most profound and practical business book I have ever read! Everyone I have recommended this book to has been challenged intellectually and also touched emotionally. It is a must-read that I will give to my kids to read before they begin their careers.”


– Tom A. Didonato, Vice President, Human Resources, Heinz


“Imagine working in an organization where the aim of your colleagues is to help you achieve your results. I could not believe it possible. After reading this book I just had to bring Arbinger to the UK to teach our people. What an experience! We are all better people for it. This book touches the very foundation of culture, teamwork, and performance. It’s a must for everyone.”


– Mark Ashworth, President and CEO, Butcher’s Pet Care, UK


“It’s rare to find a business book that is good enough to recommend to your boss, your work team, and your friends. The concepts in this book have transformed both the way I work and the way I live.”


- Robert W. Edwards, Managing Director, Worldwide Services, FedEx


“This astonishing book is a MUST read for every executive or personal and professional coach.”


Laura Whitworth, co-author of Co-Active Coaching, and Cofounder, The Coaches Training Institute


“Arbinger has really hit the mark. As a management consultant in Europe, I’ve seen this book create more interest within our clients than any other leadership philosophy.”


– Peter Foggin, Management Consultant, UK


“Leadership and Self-Deception holds up a brutally honest mirror to behaviour in which we all indulge to justify our shortcomings. The result is not self-remorse or punishment but a glimpse of a life to be lived with integrity and freed of the boundaries and constraints we inflict upon ourselves and others. I am always excited to watch Arbinger’s thinking help my clients unlock painful family disputes and lead them to resolution.”


– Neil Denny, Family Lawyer, Wiltshire, UK


“My business partners and I built a health-care company on the ideas in this book. We are amazed at what it has helped us achieve. Careful reading and re-reading of this book has proven better than any productivity, team building, or leadership training we’ve encountered.”

Mark Ballif, CEO, Plum Healthcare




Public Seminar Cancellation Policy:


- There is a minimum cancellation fee of 10% on booking,


- 8 weeks before the workshop or more but less than 10 weeks notice carries a 20% cancellation fee


- 6 weeks before the workshop or more but less than 8 weeks notice carries a 50% cancellation fee


- 4 weeks before the workshop or more but less than 6 weeks carries a 75% cancellation fee 


- 3 weeks before the workshop or less carries a cancellation fee of 100%


In the event that Arbinger cancels a seminar, Arbinger assumes no responsibilities other than the refund of each registrant’s seminar fee. Please contact Arbinger with any further questions regarding this policy.










Have questions about Leadership and Self Deception Summer Workshop? Contact Alec Grimsley

When & Where

11th Floor Broadgate Tower
20 Primrose Street
EC2A 2EW London
United Kingdom

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Friday, June 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM (BST)

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Alec Grimsley

Alec Grimsley has over 11 years experience of facilitating and consulting around mindset change.  Alec has facilitated over 15 executive team and over 5000 leaders have attended his workshops.  Alec’s book “Vital Conversations” reached number 1 in the leadership category of Amazon (UK).

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