Tuesday, January 2, 2007

By Their Golden Parachutes Ye Shall Know Them

“There’s currently a bull market in corporate psychopaths, according to psychologist Paul Babiak of HRBackOffice, an industrial consulting firm in Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Organizations undergoing major changes, such as downsizing or mergers, provide a chaotic atmosphere that savvy psychopaths exploit, Babiak holds. They cozy up to a firm’s power brokers, manipulate coworkers, and intimidate underlings on their way up the corporate ladder, stealing everything possible along the way.”

Bruce Bower, “The Predator’s Gaze: Scientists Explore the Frightening World of Psychopaths.” Science News 12/9/06.

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