Werk – boeken

Narcisme in organisatiesNarcisme in organisaties

Alice Vlottes, juni 2021

Misschien herken je het wel: je baas kan niet tegen kritiek, is zelfvoldaan of schrijft alle teamsuccessen aan zichzelf en alle fouten aan anderen toe. Gek word je ervan! Narcisme op de werkvloer kan leiden tot giftige situaties. Manipulatief communiceren met het personeel, een collega emotioneel chanteren of werknemers tegen elkaar opzetten zijn gedragingen die leiden tot een vervelende sfeer, een hoop gedoe en soms zelfs tot onwerkbare situaties.

In ‘Narcisme in organisaties’ beschrijft psycholoog Alice Vlottes het proces van narcistisch leiderschap aan de hand van een vijftal fases; van de entree van een narcistische manager tot en met zijn vertrek. Het boek biedt praktische handvatten om als medewerker effectief te dealen met een narcistische manager.

Corporate Psychopaths, Organisational DestroyersCorporate Psychopaths, Organisational Destroyers

Clive Boddy, 2011

Nederlandse samenvatting: Hoe een kleine groep managers het zakenleven in het Westen kan ondermijnen. Wie zijn zij, waarom doen ze wat ze doen en wat zijn de gevolgen?

Engels: Psychopaths are little understood outside of the criminal image. However, as the recent global financial crisis highlighted, the behavior of a small group of managers can potentially bring down the entire western system of business. This book investigates who they are, why they do what they do and what the consequences of their presence are.

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to WorkSnakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare, 2007

Nederlandse samenvatting: Een fascinerend, beangstigend en wetenschappelijk verantwoord boek over hoe psychopaten functioneren in het zakenleven. Hoe kun je jezelf en je bedrijf beschermen voordat het te laat is.

Engels: Let’s say you’re about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who’s fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not.

We’d like to think that if we met someone who was completely without conscience — someone who was capable of doing anything at all if it served his or her purposes — we would recognize it. In popular culture, the image of the psychopath is of someone like Hannibal Lecter or the BTK Killer. But in reality, many psychopaths just want money, or power, or fame, or simply a nice car. Where do these psychopaths go? Often, it’s to the corporate world.

Researchers Paul Babiak and Robert Hare have long studied psychopaths. Hare, the author of Without Conscience, is a world-renowned expert on psychopathy, and Babiak is an industrial-organizational psychologist. Recently the two came together to study how psychopaths operate in corporations, and the results were surprising. They found that it’s exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world, in which high risks can equal high profits, that attracts psychopaths. They may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they’re abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles.

Snakes in Suits is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment: what kind of companies attract them, how they negotiate the hiring process, and how they function day by day. You’ll learn how they apply their “instinctive” manipulation techniques — assessing potential targets, controlling influential victims, and abandoning those no longer useful — to business processes such as hiring, political command and control, and executive succession, all while hiding within the corporate culture. It’s a must read for anyone in the business world, because whatever level you’re at, you’ll learn the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior and be able to protect yourself and your company — before it’s too late.

Taming Toxic People: The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at workTaming Toxic People

The Science of Identifying and Dealing with Psychopaths at work, David Gillespie, juli 2017

Nederlandse samenvatting: Willen we onze vrije, open en goed functionerende maatschappij behouden, dan is het nodig de (huis-tuin-en-keuken)psychopaat in het gareel te houden. Doen we dat niet dan heeft dat desastreuze gevolgen voor ons allen. Het is belangrijk het gedrag van de psychopaat, zowel thuis als op het werk, te begrijpen en te weten hoe met hem om te gaan.

Engels:

“I didn’t know how to deal with the poisonous and toxic people in my life or why they behaved the way they did, so I went looking for an answer. This book is what I found.”

Bestselling author David Gillespie turns his attention to a phenomenon that damages businesses, seeds mental disease and discomfort and can bring civilisations to the brink of implosion – the psychopath. Psychopaths are often thought of as killers and criminals, but actually five to ten per cent of people are probably psychopathic without ever indulging in a single criminal act. These everyday psychopaths may be charming in the early stages of relationships or employment but, Gillespie argues, their presence in your life is at best disruptive, and at worst highly dangerous: they will leave you feeling cheated and humiliated, dominating and manipulating you to the point where you question your sanity. Worse, he cautions, at a societal level their tendency to gravitate towards positions of power can be disastrous.

Taming Toxic People is a practical guide to restraining that difficult person in your life, be it your boss, your spouse or a parent. But it is also a serious and meticulously researched warning: if we value a free and well-functioning society, we need to rebuild the sense of community that has historically kept the everyday psychopath in check, and we must understand and act to manage the psychopathic behaviour in our midst.

Red Collar Crime (PDF)

International Journal of Psychological Studies, Frank Perri, Vol. 8, No. 1 (2016)

Nederlandse samenvatting: Moorden op de werkvloer komen vaker voor dan men denkt. De gangbare visie is dat witteboordencriminelen niet gewelddadig zijn. Onderzoek laat echter zien dat een subgroep ‘rodeboordencriminelen’ geweld gebruikt om ontdekking van fraude te voorkomen.

Engels: Traditional viewpoints held by academic and non-academic professional groups of the white-collar crime offender profile(s) are that they are non-violent. Yet research has begun to unveil a sub-group of white-collar offenders who are violent, referred to as red-collar criminals, in that their motive is to prevent the detection and or disclosure of their fraud schemes through violence.