Snakes in Suits : When Psychopaths Go to Work Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Publication Date: 11/08/2006
- Category: Personnel & human resources management
- ISBN: 9780061147890
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Review by snarkhunt
Bleargh. Pointless and shallow. Not what I expected from the man who wrote the diagnostic test for psychopathy. The lameness of this book makes me begin to wonder about the thinking behind the diagnosis.On the other hand, made me realize I haven't worked with anyone who is truly a psychopath.
Review by fist
"Dumb psychopaths go to prison, smart psychopaths go to the executive floor". That's the premise of this interesting book that analyses how psychopaths manage to be successful in corporate environments or in specific industries. According to the author, psychopaths are 4 times more frequent among managers than among the general population.The book offers many great insights, and although inevitably, when specific examples were mentioned, I did sometimes wonder whether impression management or high-energy office banter might label me a psychopath (don't read this if you have psychological hypochondria), the author makes clear that true psychopaths display an entire range of behaviours with underneath a chilling emotional shallowness.The pace slows down a bit here and there when the author provides specific HR advice for people dealing with psychopaths (when they're already part of the organisation), or trying to weed out psychopaths from job applicants.This book helped me realise that an old friend (now estranged), whose behaviour I'd always found strange and cruel, had many psychopathic tendencies, as did a former colleague whose destructive energy had previously baffled me (you know who you are :). If I'd read this book before, I'd have realised this sooner and I would have been better prepared to deal with their behaviour. But odds are I'll meet more psychopaths during the rest of my career, so unfortunately it will probably come in useful in the future.