Monday, December 6, 2010

Snakes in Suits – the risks from psychopaths in the workplace

A telling presentation from Holly Andrews at a recent IRM meeting on dealing with psychopaths in the workplace (and yes the boardroom), derived from the 2006 book Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work. The presentation describes how workplace psychopaths burrow into positions of power, and amongst other things, assume more risk than is sensible. There is a wonderful process chart which shows how such people operate


Transitional organisations can be seen as ideal “feeding grounds” for psychopaths since

  • There are fewer constraints and rules allow the psychopath freedom in acting out their psychopathic manipulation
  • The fast changing environment provides stimulation for the psychopath whilst serving to cover up their failings
  • There is the potential for large rewards in terms or money, power, status and control

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the flowchart good explanation.

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