Are corporations fundamentally psychopathic organizations that attract similarly disposed people? It’s a compelling idea, especially given the recent evidence.
Such scandals as Enron and WorldCom aren’t just aberrations; they represent what can happen when some basic currents in our business culture turn malignant. We’re worshipful of top executives who seem charismatic, visionary, and tough.
So long as they’re lifting profits and stock prices, we’re willing to overlook that they can also be callous, conning, manipulative, deceitful, verbally and psychologically abusive, remorseless, exploitative, self-delusional, irresponsible, and megalomaniacal. So we collude in the elevation of leaders who are sadly insensitive to hurting others and society at large.
Odds are you’ve run across one of these characters in your career. They’re glib, charming, manipulative, deceitful, ruthless — and very, very destructive. And there may be lots of them in offices all around the world…
Read more of Alan Deutschman’s article “Is Your Boss a Psychopath?” at www.fastcompany.com or you can watch the Catalyst story “Corporate Psychopaths” by playing the Video below (12 minutes 56 seconds in length).
In the story Dr Jonica Newby from ABC TV’s Catalyst program goes deep inside their minds – what makes them tick, how do you spot them; and how do you avoid being crushed by them – tune in to find out if your boss is an office psychopath:
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