Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work by Paul BabiakSnakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work by Paul Babiak

Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work

byPaul Babiak

Paperback | May 8, 2007

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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.

Paul Babiak, Ph.D., is an industrial and organizational psychologist and president of HRBackOffice, an executive coaching and consulting firm specializing in management development and succession planning. His work has been featured in theNew York Times,Washington Post,Harvard Business Review, andFast Company. He lives in Dutchess Coun...
Title:Snakes In Suits: When Psychopaths Go to WorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 8, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from How many of these men are Domestic Violence Offenders? It would be interesting to find out how many of these corporate men have been charged or have assaulted their wives or abused women. I'd venture to say that many or most are major abusers and if you really dig deep...the really evil ones are major batterers and physically and sexually abusive to women on a grand scale.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good info, poor delivery I have read many psychology books and although I appreciate how the authors tried to make this concept available to all, it made enjoyment difficult. There is a lot of great research on this topic and it would have been interesting to have more of that instead of all of the anecdotes and stories the authors included. I just kept waiting for the good parts, which were few and far between.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of the worst books I've ever read Admittedly I haven't read the whole thing. A few chapters in I stopped reading and returned the book; I don't think I've ever returned a book before, but I also don't think I've ever read a book this poorly written. Snakes in Suits was written, I'd imagine, as part of a 6th grade project in under an hour. If you're looking for campy, painful storytelling this book is for you.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I can see clearly now.... ....and it all makes sense. You know the office psychopath....and this books helps you deal with it.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dealing with that ......boss Written by an expert on pscychopaths and an industrial psychologist, they do a very good job of explaining the root causes to dysfunctional workplaces. It may sound morbid but, they explain the parallels between the psychopath’s drivers of money, power and fame and some of the “stars” in your company. This book is written in a very clear style, it will help you to understand how to navigate within the complex world of working with everyday people
Date published: 2007-10-30