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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (644 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Babiak, Robert D. Hare Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Clear and complete, this is a handy overview for managers and HR, with enough ‘self-defense’ techniques to help coworkers from getting bit.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yuri Mariano | 2/2/2014

    " Superb book... Must read! ^^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 1/3/2014

    " Hare and Babiak are the experts in the area of psychopaths! I love readiing about personality disorders, but then again I am a psych major! There were some points when the book dragged, especially when they had a plan for employers. I don't currently own a business, and am not in business of human resources, so this part was a little slow for me. It was full of wonderful information to help people identify manipulators and harmful people in their lives. Even if the person isn't a psychopath, they might be manipulative and hurt you! Knowing how to protect yourself is important, and thanks the Hare and Babiak, I am now more informed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hope | 12/24/2013

    " I really enjoy how the author weaves short vignettes about psychopaths in the workplace into his more intellectual discussion of the phenomenon! Excellent! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by E Goldberg | 12/15/2013

    " Good concept and the writing is 'good'. Problem is that it's kind of an academic topic. To make it more marketable it looks like the editors/publishers (?) interspersed the rather interesting facts with an episodic narrative. This fills out the text, but takes an interesting subject and converts it into a tedious read more suitable for the pre-teen set. But considering it is a 'business' book, that's probably the most appropriate reading level. "

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About the Author

Paul Babiak, PhD, 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 the New York Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. He lives in Dutchess County, New York, with his wife.