"Corporate genius and psychopaths"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review. discusses the thin line between corporate genius and psychopaths. Some of these people rise to astonishing heights, but in the process, they can cause enormous damage by poisoning the workplace and putting the well-being of both their companies and staff at risk.
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"Ways to Manage Difficult Bosses"
This article explores the options available to anyone who has to manage a bad boss. Much of it will feel like common sense. But people often forget that it’s in their power to improve bad situations, so having the options systematically laid out can be very helpful.
Published on 1 Dec, 2016
Beware of the cultish techniques that have crossed into the workplace
Why would anyone be attracted to a cult? Many businesses have cult-like characteristics which, on one hand, can provide structure and order, on the other, they can breed paranoia and stifle creative thinking.
Published on 2 Nov, 2018
"Advice for dealing with narcissists"
Managing a narcissistic leader is not easy. Why would they ask for help, when they think that they are better than anybody else? How can they learn from mistakes if they can’t admit that they’ve ever made one? This article provides some advise for managers who have to deal with such leaders.
Published on 10 May, 2017
"The uses of humour in the workplace"
This blog looks at the sources of humor and to distunguish between humour that is congenial and empathetic and humour that is dysfunctional and divisive.
Published on 2 Jun, 2015
“Why am I frantically pursuing wealth?”
Greed is less about accumulating wealth than filling an inner void.
Published on 6 Sep, 2019
"Identifying and dealing with SOBs"
This working paper explores ways of identifying and dealing with SOBs—Seductive Operational Bully—from an organisational and individual perspective, and recommends a clinical orientation to organisational diagnosis and intervention.
Published on 1 Jul, 2012
“The most complete revenge is not to imitate the aggressor.”
Identifying with an aggressor is a basic strategy for human survival. It’s time to call it out in the workplace.
Published on 27 Sep, 2017
"Denialism, office politics, productivity"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores how denialists can have a devastating effect on office politics and productivity.
Published on 6 Aug, 2015
"Fairy tales for today’s executives"
This blog looks at the leadership journey as a fairy tale and cautions against the five deadly dangers of leadership.
Published on 18 May, 2015
"Learning to manage in the gray zone"
Published on 7 Apr, 2015