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Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work Paperback – May 8, 2007
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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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Top customer reviews
Not a heartwarming topic for sure, but in some ways a realistic one.
While reading Snakes in Suites, just like when I read Without Conscience, I couldn't help seeing in my mind the faces of people I'm related to, are or have been friends with, and coworkers and bosses. But one thing the authors of this book do that I'm particularly impressed with is advising the reader NOT to label anybody a psychopath; that's to be done by qualified Psychotherapists. But even though they suggest not labeling anybody as such, I strongly feel that it's perfectly fine to discern an informed opinion, and this book absolutely assists the reader with that.
If you're willing to put forth a genuine effort in learning to see toxic and maladaptive behavior for what it is - in efforts of trying to minimize conflicts with such personalities, then this book, as well as "Without Conscience", is absolutely worth the read. It's written in plain language and I found that my dictionary was rather handy, but not constantly required.
I definitely give this book the highest of ratings!
On the plus side, there were inklings of good info, like all books. But the overall product is stupid. I had higher expectations.
All in all, this is an excellent book and essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why big corporations are what they are.