I have not read it, but it sounds a bit like The Mystery Method for business. More correctly, it could be called the Roissarian (Rengadian? Chateavian?) view of management. Actually I would like to think it is the Defaultian view as it appears to match my belief that some sociopathy is good, whether for business or pleasure.
[I have a loose essay on the advantages of sociopathic behavior rolling around my head. A Recent Sonic Charmer post covered slightly similar ground in that the skills he apportions to lefties sound like those used to obtain power.]
The book describes what you really need to move up within hierarchical organizations. It is not intelligence, performance, or likeability. From reading the book description and some of the Amazon comments, it sounds a bit like “be an asshole.” At the very least “niceness” may harm you (in the podcast the author offers an example of how a nice person may harm themselves by offering assistance to a competitor for promotion).
Some other hints include “cultivating a reputation for control and authority, and perfecting a powerful demeanor . . . how to sharpen one’s “acting” skills on the job, and use tactics like interruption to appear more powerful.”
Sounds like game to me.
If anyone has read the book I would love to hear your comments.
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