- Hardcover: 222 pages
- Publisher: Amacom; First Edition edition (May 6, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788191764
- ISBN-13: 978-0788191763
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
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Beyond the Looking Glass: Overcoming the Seductive Culture of Corporate Narcissism First Edition Edition
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Beyond The Looking Glass: Overcoming the Seductive Culture of Corporate Narcissism is organizational psychologist Alan Downs's provocative exploration of high-profile corporate leaders (such as Al Dunlap and Robert Allen) who literally have only one thing on their minds: profits. Such narrow focus actually may yield positive short-term benefits, Downs writes, but ultimately it will drag down individual employees as well as entire companies. Alternative thinking is proposed, and some firms now utilizing these options are examined. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Management consultant Downs (Corporate Executions, AMACOM, 1995) defines narcissism as "an obsession with a self-image of success." Through case studies, he describes characteristics of narcissistic managers and how their behavior can ultimately be destructive for themselves, their associates, and their companies. Some symptoms of the narcissistic organization are a structure that evolves around personalities rather than work functions or products, a focus on material success rather than the company's mission, expendability of employees, and an emphasis on competition instead of collaboration. Downs recommends a plan of action for such organizations, including executive coaches, surveys, and management seminars. A checklist is included for readers who wish to analyze their own behavior patterns. An insightful and important work; recommended to both public and academic libraries.?Lucy T. Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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