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Psychopaths are described as incapable of empathy, guilt, or loyalty to anyone but themselves; still, spotting a psychopath isn't easy. Babiak, an industrial and organizational psychologist, and Hare (Without Conscience), creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathology, present a study of the psychopath in the corporate landscape. A common description of psychopathology states that subjects "know the words but not the music;" Babiak and Hare state that "a clever psychopath can present such a well-rounded picture of a perfect job candidate that even seasoned interviewers" can be fooled. In between a disposable series of narrative acts that follow a psychopath's progress ("Act I, Scene I - Grand Entrance;" "Act III, Scene II - An Honest Mistake?" "Act V, Scene I - Circle the wagons"), thorough research and anecdotes from a number of sources-current literature, news media, and showbiz among them-to illuminate the power of the psychopath to manipulate those around him, as well as what strategies can be used to identify and disarm him. Clear and complete, this is a handy overview for managers and HR, with enough "self-defense" techniques to help coworkers from getting bit.
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Babiak, an industrial and organizational psychologist, and Hare, the creator of the standard tool for diagnosing psychopathy, explore the infiltration into today's corporations by psychopaths, or those with destructive personality characteristics that are invisible to many with whom they interact. Their skilled manipulation begins with a perfect interview, as they are attractive job applicants who are confident and charming. They often flourish in fast-paced, changing industries with widespread uncertainty and can inflict considerable damage. Babiak and Hare explain in nontechnical language and real-world case studies how to protect employees and the company from these individuals who take advantage of organizational systems and processes, exploit communication weaknesses, and promote interpersonal conflicts. Babiak and Hare observe, "Companies accelerate their hiring practices to attract, hire, and retain new, high-potential talent before their competitors do. Gone are the days of the painstaking vetting process. Competition is fierce and qualified candidates few." This is an important perspective in the increasingly complicated hiring challenges facing corporate America. Mary Whaley
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This is a great book to read if your not the psycho in your office.Published 1 month ago by Gilles 24
Either learn beforehand about manipulators without conscience who will take all you have built up - or discover after the fact as you pick up the dreadful pieces. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
For those of us that live by the golden rule, this book is a good education about 25% of the population and the things that are done in the name of business.Published 15 months ago by Love2Go
This book examines in more detail a particular aspect of the psychopathy issue that is usually overlooked by the literature on the subject. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Phung Minh Hoang
It was most enlighting, one takes peoples words for truth but actions speak volumns. I would advise anyone hiring to read it.Published 22 months ago by Milees
The ideas and forewarning about the potential damage hiring psychopaths could lead to really got me excited at the outset. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2012 by canguy
This was an excellent read. Whenever I found comments that reflected the characteristics and actions of people I'd encountered before I highlighted them. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2011 by bsquare