May 2, 2008

Book Review - Egonomics

Egonomics: What Makes Ego our Greatest Asset (or Most Expensive Liability)
David Marcum & Steven Smith
HF 5386 .M30873 2007

Marcum and Smith examine the tension between ego and humility in achieving personal and professional success. Based on years of research, the authors identify early warning signs when ego begins to get in the way of success. These include being competitive, being defensive, showing off, and seeking acceptance. At the same time, they point to humility as a key ingredient to finding balance between conceit and self-doubt. They point to welcoming conflicting opinions, having curiosity, and understanding reality as the characteristics of humility that keep ego in check. This is an interesting and rarely articulated component in the discussion of personal development and professional success.