"Two extreme styles of managerial personality"
This article reviews the two extreme styles of managerial personality, which can be found in business life. Not all people have stable, middle-of-the-road emotions. The author terms these two personality styles 'ways of managing mood states' hypomania (cyclical and significant changes in mood, behavior and thinking) and alexithymia (emotional detachment and lack of feeling). Hypomaniacs and alexithymics are more common than one would think. The author explores the challenge of working with hypomaniacs and alexithymics, and coping strategies used by their colleagues. Clearly, executives who are emotionally intelligent i. e. who know themselves and are empathetic to others, can best encourage their colleagues and, in a knowledge-based society, even bring a competitive advantage.
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This book offers an authoritative discussion of the irrational forces at work in organizations. It integrates psychiatric and psychology findings and insights with management and organizational behavior theory to reveal the underlying causes of many organizational problems.
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"Eccentric organisational behaviour and folie à deux"
This article describes the phenomenon called folie à deux—and how what we often term eccentric behaviour patterns of people in organisations might be better understood in that context.
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"When mentoring becomes an unhealthy dependency"
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"Death anxiety and succession issues"
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"The Inner Theatre of Vladimir Putin"
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"SOB effect on org life"
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"Narcissistic leaders and organisational sustainability"
This article explores the narcissistic inclinations of leaders and how this could affect the soundness and sustainability of organisations.
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"Abnormal is the norm in organisations"
This article describes a number of dysfunctional leadership prototypes found in organisations. Offered as a useful form of shorthand for identification purposes, it helps us understand how we can deal with this dysfunction in ourselves or our leaders.
Published on 1 Sep, 2009