Leadership & Self Deception

April 30, 2015 By Dave Chase

We are seekers of learning.  Frequently, among our partners and team, we are sharing the best books we are reading.  I was prompted, yet again, to share a little about some of the best books we’ve encountered.  Finally this past week, I made the choice to read a book that has been on my list for some time, but which didn’t have a catchy enough title to draw me in.  What a mistake it has been to wait.  “Leadership and Self-Deception” has been a thought and life altering book for me, even in the short time I have been reading it.  It has opened my eyes to a way of thinking that, though elements are somewhat intuitive, in pulling it all together it has been extraordinarily impactful.

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Its fundamentals are rooted in a common enough philosophy of change begins within, not with others.  But the logic of why has been truly enlightening.  When we’re are thinking critically of others, it is a result of the glasses through our preconceptions of them and ourselves.  But that is touching ever-so lightly on the real meat of this book.  I’ll let you discover why for yourself.  Leadership & Self-Deception comes with our highest recommendations.

If you want additional terrific books to consider, Bill Gates continues his annual tradition by offering his top picks for 2015 in this list.

Good reading.


David Chase, Managing Partner at Advanced CFO Solutions, has experience in small to medium private companies and large public companies as a senior operational and financial leader.  With 15 years in finance, a CFO of multiple entities and divisional EVP experience, Dave has a breadth of experience.  Dave has led or been instrumental in raising multiple rounds of equity and debt in excess of $450 million.

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