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Snakes in Suits : When Psychopaths Go to Work - Paul Babiak

Snakes in Suits

When Psychopaths Go to Work

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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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5.0

More to the cover than meets the eye

By The Artist

from Country, NSW

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Easy To Understand
  • Great Insights

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anyone Who Wants To Know
    • Gift
    • Older Readers

    Comments about Snakes in Suits:

    The best defence against the office psychopath/sociopath is to know who and what they are and how they operate. They are evil people. At the same time, they don't operate just in the office. They can be found in all walks of life.

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    5.0

    Very appropriate to the content.

    By Mary the life coach

    from Brisbane

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    Pros

    • Deeply Informative
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Limited Appeal

    Best Uses

    • Older Readers
    • Reference

    Comments about Snakes in Suits:

    I use the book for reference as I am a counsellor/life coach.

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    ISBN: 9780061147890
    ISBN-10: 0061147893
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 352
    Published: 1st June 2007
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Dimensions (cm): 15.1 x 22.7  x 2.2
    Weight (kg): 0.47