- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (7 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061147893
- ISBN-13: 978-0061147890
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
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Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work Paperback – 7 Jun 2007
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"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 behaviour and be able to protect yourself and your company-before it's too late.
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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.See all Product description
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This book performs a useful social service in pointing this out. However, I found that the descriptions of what these people get up to VERY circuitous and sometimes a bit confusing. This diminished the usefulness of the book.
There were also not enough illustrations of the kind of circumstances in which sociopathic behaviour can be spotted even by those who are not looking for it - so the book will help only those who are tenacious enough to spend time re-reading bits of it.
The hurt and damage done by these individuals is so great that an easier handbook for those who may encounter them in the workplace would have been welcome. So, only three stars.
charm (and hard work) to rise and genuinely trying to change the workplace/productive process. So I did not see in the book the role of disruption,
challenge apart from personal ambition. So what I missed was any distinction between those who offend for a creative purpose and those who
simple pull others down to improve their relative position. So it would be good to see some cases where confrontation/conflict improved the workplace and others where it just allowed a schemer to progress to his or her next victim pool.
For an in depth study of psychopathy and its many guises, this is a good place to start.
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