How Do You Recognise a Bernie Madoff?

Bernie Madoff has just been sentenced for 150 years, the maximum allowed. I have just spent a morning to reading about Madoff, and in particular his personality, in various articles. Perhaps the most poignant comment was by a woman whose husband invested and lost money with Madoff: "--My father said, 'Be careful of them [the Madoffs]. This is a big Ponzi scheme.' And that was 15 years ago." How did the father recognise Madoff as a fraud when so many thousands did not? Talk is a big clue and t.....

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EQ: The Secret of the Professional Poker Player

I recently read a terrific article about professional poker players in The New Yorker called What would Jesus bet? The article features Chris Ferguson, widely regarded by his peers as the best professional poker play in the world and who is nicknamed "Jesus" because of his physical appearance. The reporter believes that Ferguson was successful because of his fluency in mathematics but is corrected by Julio Rodrigues who writes for "A lot of players know the math -- but the major.....

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How to really spot a corporate psychopath

Yesterday I received a link to this interesting article by Hannah Norton “How to spot an office psychopath”.  The article argued that there are certain personalities who deliberately inflict harm to others and that these personalities fall within a category that psychologists call the ‘Dark Triad’ which comprises three sub-personalities: Machiavellianism, sub-clinical narcissism and sub-clinical psychopathy.  There is a strong correlation between psychopathy and bullying behaviour and .....

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Recognising the Corporate Psychopath (Part II)

What really piqued my interest in the corporate psychopath was a seminar I attended last year run by Dr John Clarke, a lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sydney, consultant to the NSW Police Force, and widely regarded as Australia's expert on corporate psychopaths. I can highly recommend his book Working with Monsters: How to Identify and Protect Yourself from the Workplace Psychopath. Dr Clarke said that prospective employers should look for two things on a potential employee's resume.....

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