Handling Corporate Psychopaths at work
Regular readers of my blogs will know that in my role as promoter of the 7MTF people profiling technology that I consider one of its major strengths to be recognising and handling corporate psychopaths who I define as GoGetters. Inc Magazine recently published (28/3/23) an interesting article: Use This 5-Step Plan to Handle a Psychopaths and Narcissists at Work by Jessica Stillman that naturally piqued my curiosity.
The article is full of interesting links. This link, a TED talk by Jim Fallon, is fascinating and supports the core concept of the 7MTF, namely that our temperament may be defined as our genetic emotional bias and there are 7 core emotional drives in our personality, and each one is linked to mental illness. Jim Fallon defines himself as The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath.
Stillman’s article uses the work of University of New Hampshire professor Cinthia Beccacece Satornino who has developed a five-step playbook for those who are forced to deal with corporate psychopaths:
- Be sceptical of first impressions.
- Share your own horror stories
- Manage up to clue bosses in
- Plug into your networks
- Understand your own biases.
While good advice may I suggest some practical tips:
- Learn the clues to recognising them quickly: This blog is a good summary and these two earlier blogs also contain some good tips
- Keep a diary: The act of writing helps to stop you going over in your mind their negative actions. You will gradually build up a case which in a court of law can be very compelling.
- Dress and act like winner. Corporate Psychopaths divide the world into winners and losers. They automatically consider themselves members in the former group and tend to disdain people in latter.
- Don’t be afraid to tell white lies: They do it all the time.
One recurring question I am asked is how many corporate psychopaths are there? My answer explained in this blog is that the estimate of 15% of the management cohort is near the mark.
My core belief is that “People Drive Performance, Emotions Drive People; Temperament Drives Emotions”. If you want to lift your emotional intelligence you need to use a model of temperament that is practical, easy-to-use, and scientifically valid.
The model of temperament I like is the 7MTF. If you want to learn more about the 7MTF watch this short 4-minute explainer video. If that awakens your appetite to lift your EQ this online-video course: Introduction to Practical Emotional Intelligence: The 7MTF is now available.
This blog was first published on LinkedIn 14 April 2023
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