Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work Author Paul Babiak
ISBN-10 0061147893
ISBN-13 9780061147890
Year 2007-05-08
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher HarperBusiness
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Let s say you re about to hire somebody for a position in your company Your corporation wants someone who s fearless charismatic and full of new ideas Candidate X is charming smart and has all the right answers to your questions Problem solved right Maybe not We d like to think that if we met someone who was completely without conscience someone who was capable of doing anything at all if it served his or her purposes we would recognize it In popular culture the image of the psychopath is of someone like Hannibal Lecter or the BTK Killer But in reality many psychopaths just want money or power or fame or simply a nice car Where do these psychopaths go Often it s to the corporate world Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths Hare the author of Without Conscience is a world renowned expert on psychopathy and Babiak is an industrial organizational psychologist Recently the two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations and the results were surprising They found that it s exactly the modern open more flexible corporate world in which high risks can equal high profits that attracts psychopaths They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors but all too soon they re abusing the trust of colleagues manipulating supervisors and leaving the workplace in shambles Snakes in Suits is a compelling frightening and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment what kind of companies attract them how they negotiate the hiring process and how they function day by day You ll learn how they apply their instinctive manipulation techniques assessing potential targets controlling influential victims and abandoning those no longer useful to business processes such as hiring political command and control and executive succession all while hiding within the corporate culture It s a must read for anyone in the business world because whatever level you re at you ll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company before it s too late

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